Boomers are sending a very clear signal to the new economy: we are not “moving over” any time soon to cede our careers to younger generations. Traditional retirement at 65 is either unaffordable or irrelevant to a generation that either must keep working to survive, and/or wants to keep working to serve a meaningful and purposeful life. This is not a call to intergenerational competition. That serves no purpose: each generation is needed to lend a hand in unstable, rapidly changing times. But it is a call to employers and clients to revise and update their often-outdated and inaccurate views of older workers.
Fortunately for all concerned, a recent survey by the Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies provides some important guidelines for Boomers and Employers to better understand how to create the intergenerational workplace we all need.
In fact, it is economically short-sighted to either cling to, or enforce the traditional retirement age as a normal, expected withdrawal from the workforce. Americans over-55 will rise from 13 percent of the population in 2010 to 20 percent by 2030. It is no wonder that we need to keep working: the rest of the country (and the world, actually, as this is a global phenomenon) won’t be able to support us. We need to be able to support ourselves.
Source: Huffington Post