Back to Work

Maceo Keeling - SCORE Member, Business Owner and Consultant. Photo: Urban News

Maceo Keeling – SCORE Member, Business Owner and Consultant. Photo: Urban News

By Maceo Keeling –

It seems that once we retire, we’re done with the 9-to-5 grind of punching a clock, answering to bosses, and the hustle and bustle of traffic.

We have visions of sleeping in until noon, meeting with friends for mimosas and brunches, and bouncing our grandchildren on our knee.

However, many people are finding this is not quite the case.

Seniors are returning to work for a number of reasons. The fabled and feeble retirement they worked for a couple of decades ago may no longer be sustainable in today’s economy.

It’s increasingly rare to find an organization, even a union company, which offers a pension that is sufficient to retire on. And, since people are living longer, it takes more money than ever before to provide food, housing, and necessities for what could stretch out for decades. And besides those who have to work to keep a roof over their heads, there are some seniors who are returning to work just for something to fill up their days.

If any of the above applies to you, give some consideration to doing what you’ve always loved as a profession. It may stimulate your mind, give you a new sense of value, and put a few coins in your pocket at the same time. The climate is very good for seniors to get back into the workforce, and remember: age discrimination is against federal law.

Perhaps the greatest asset senior workers bring is experience and workplace wisdom; there is no competition for seniors, because they already know what they’re good at.

Older workers demonstrate a willingness to listen, learn, and adapt to flexible hours and workplaces. For employers, it may be an asset to give due consideration to experienced senior talent applying for jobs with your organization. They are not aggressively seeking to advance their career, and they may be perfectly comfortable in a role they had for years longer than younger staff. They can offer your younger employees valuable mentoring for free, and the boss probably won’t have to worry about a senior employee playing political games that can spoil any office environment.

At the end of the day going back to work isn’t necessarily a bad thing; after all, you’ve been there and done that! So doing it again should be a piece of cake!

Have Fun!


“You don’t have to be great to get started, but you do have to get started to become great!”


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