Don’t Become One of the Working Retired
A “working retired” person refers to someone who still collects a paycheck from a company but has really “checked out” in terms of the work they do. They’ve slowed down, feel a bit entitled and as a result, become less productive.
The term is self-explanatory and these individuals are seen by the leader of the organization and other team members, but not necessarily the person who is a member of the WRC (Working Retired Club). I made that term up. There’s no such organization.
Now I want to point out some indicators that, although you may be very productive, you are starting to lean toward being part of the WRC. It’s when you start talking about retirement or your age. It’s when you start to point out differences between you and younger generations. It’s when each day seems to be more taxing than ever before.
So what if you need to work several more years to set up a good retirement? Consider developing a different attitude and not worrying about your age. It’s what you contribute and have passion for, not how old you are.
If you were slipping into the WRC, start tomorrow with a more positive attitude. You still have much to contribute to your organization.
This does NOT mean that you don’t have a plan if you are close the retiring and want to set up your position for success in the future. A SP (succession plan) should always be in place so that proper training and a smooth transition are offered.