Second Wind: The Evolving Nature of Retirement – Research Report - The Evolving Expectations and Ambitions of Canadians Eligible to Retire (2013)

An online survey undertaken in May 2013 suggests that more than half of employees over the age of 50 want to continue working in some capacity after they reach the traditional retirement age of 65.

For employers, mature workers offer a wealth of knowledge and experience, in addition to a strong work ethic, the authors note in this report on the survey. But they express an interest in options other than the traditional nine-to-five, five-day workweek.

The survey results suggest that mature workers want to keep working, but on their own terms, and they are aware of age discrimination in the workplace.

There are a number of steps employers can take to retain and recruit these workers. For instance, an employee could be retained on a contract basis after retirement. Another option is to maintain a database of temporary opportunities, enabling retired workers to access short-term projects and consultancy roles.

The survey also showed that the greatest concern identified by mature workers is maintaining their health beyond the age of 65. Employers who provide health and wellness benefits beyond that age have a significant advantage in recruiting and retaining mature workers.

More than 5,000 Canadians responded to the survey.

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Ceridian and CARP/Zoomer Media. Second Wind: The Evolving Nature of Retirement – Research Report - The Evolving Expectations and Ambitions of Canadians Eligible to Retire 2013. Web. 26 Feb. 2021 <http://en.copian.ca/library/research/carp/second_wind/second_wind.pdf>
Ceridian & CARP/Zoomer Media (2013). Second Wind: The Evolving Nature of Retirement – Research Report - The Evolving Expectations and Ambitions of Canadians Eligible to Retire. Retrieved February 26, 2021, from http://en.copian.ca/library/research/carp/second_wind/second_wind.pdf
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