I decided in my later years it was not going to be turn out the lights and devote myself to playing 24/7. I’ve come to see this evolving stage of life like a portfolio, and I now have the freedom and self-awareness to change and reprioritize my mix of activities. I view it as having a better balance between quality time with my family, work, play, continued learning and volunteering.
The workplace is transforming before our eyes. And jobs are the story, as populations world-wide continue to age and confront the impact of longevity and financial security.
Trust and autonomy are essential elements in productivity and what makes people love their job and do their best work. When an employer trusts their workers to get the job done without eyeballing them, it builds a confidence that is hard to put a value on. Everyone wins.
When we feel relevant doing work we love, with people we love, and making a difference in some fashion in the world around us, we live richer lives.
Worldwide population aging is just beginning. “The world will look much older in the decades to come, and employers must adapt to this demographic shift,” Paul Irving, chairman of the Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging
With the holiday season upon us, here are a few new reads from 2017 (and one from 2016) that could make great gifts for the hard-to-buy boomers on your shopping list: Design Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived Joyful Life by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans is based on the authors’ wildly popular course on how to […]
As workers reach their 50s and 60s, they often grapple with two big issues: work/life balance and job satisfaction. Two new studies, presented at the 2017 Retirement Research Consortium Meeting I recently attended in Washington, D.C., offer some fascinating insights on them. When Work/Life Balance Issues Are Too Much In their paper, Work-Life Balance and Labor Force Attachment at […]
The big question these days is, should we even call it retirement any more? According to a survey by the Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies: “Sixty-somethings and older workers are casting aside long-held societal notions about fully retiring at age 65.” The report, Retirement Throughout the Ages: Expectations and Preparations of American Workers, says 82% […]
When Dwight Stanford retired from his 25-year career as a surgeon in Kansas City, Mo., he headed to Italy, more specifically a hilltop town named Offida. It wasn’t on a whim. In 2006, he’d fallen hard for the Italian way of life after earning a master’s degree in food science during a sabbatical there. Read […]
Baby boomers moving into semi-retirement or new careers often find themselves working at least some of the time from home — and maybe sharing the space with their spouse or significant other. That might entail more togetherness than a couple originally bargained for. Some delicate maneuvering and careful planning, however, can maintain peace, productivity and […]