As one of those aging Baby Boomers, I would like nothing better than to ease out of the work force but when I approached our HR department, I was told we do not offer a flexible work option. What can I do to convince them this is not only in my best interests but theirs as well?
Hmmmm! I hadn't considered this point of view before but I have seen the reaction of our office introverts with certain events that were organized at work to improve employee engagement. The extroverts had a gay old time and the introverts grouched, endured and prayed for a quick end to the hilarity. Forcing people to interact often falls flat, even with extroverts so I'm not sure why organization's persist in foisting this type of team building on us.
I probably lean more towards being an extrovert but with hidden introvert tendencies. I participate with enthusiasm but often wish myself elsewhere.
I'm trying not to panic but this article was written with me in mind! I am one of those Baby Boomers who took time off to raise my family and I will be paying the financial price when I retire. I don't regret those years and I have put away what I can but my future will not be a luxury lifestyle. My husband took early retirement (some regrets on that score)and has since worked at low paying, part-time jobs so our combined retirement income will be low. However, we are almost debt free and have always lived within our means so perhaps the future isn't as grim as I am led to believe. Here's hoping!