Older workers value flexibility in their post-retirement jobs
NEW YORK ” A majority of baby boomers and early retirees believe that flexibility ” being able to work part time, or a week here and there ” is the most important quality in determining their “ideal job” in retirement.
This was followed by the desire for an employer they could stay with for a while, as opposed to job hopping, and an employer who would give them independence and autonomy in their work, according to a survey by RetirementJobs.com, an Internet job information site.
The results came from an online survey of more than 400 job seekers age 50 and over, followed by interviews with a sample of the respondents.
Other attributes that older workers said would attract them to jobs in retirement included the ability to provide a useful service and cash compensation.
On the other hand, the study found that entrepreneurship, which many experts believe will be a motivating force for retirees, was rated important by fewer than one-third of respondents.
“We found that 50-plus job seekers place a big premium on flexible work conditions, to the point where they will often trade a suitable schedule for reduced
compensation,” Tim Driver, chief executive of RetirementJobs.com.
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