Working longer can benefit your health

Wednesday July 26, 2017

New research suggests people may benefit from working past retirement, especially office workers, teachers or skilled workers.

With the Oireachtas recently upping the state pension age to 67 in 2021 and 68 in 2028, it’s becoming increasingly important to look at the impact of working into older age.

The benefits of keeping busy

Researchers in the US have now suggested that some form of work, whether it be part-time or self-employment, can keep people mentally and physically healthier for longer.

Work provides social interaction and a feeling of worth. The old saying ‘use it or lose it’ is ringing more true than ever.

A Mercedes-Benz plant in Germany found that older workers were actually more productive. With their experience and ability to work in teams, they were better at fixing problems quickly.

People over 50 have often struggled to find work if they have been made redundant. Or having tried retirement for a year, realised there is only so much gardening you can do.

Older people in the workplace

Not everyone takes it easy into old age. President Trump is 71, President Higgins is 76 and Prime Minister May is 60. Some jobs and companies won’t have the right environment. But if all else fails, they could always go into politics!

Help from The HR Dept

We have long discussed the merits of employing a diverse workforce, and age certainly comes into that. If you would like help ensuring you are exploring the full depths of the talent pool, get in touch with your local HR Dept adviser.

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