During Q2 of 2017, 32% of those 65 to 69 and 19% of those 70 to 74 were working, reports the U.S. Dept. of Labor. And according to Bloomberg, that percentage of working versus retired will continue to grow.
Not that everyone welcomes this gray phenomenon.
After all, we are "taking" jobs from younger people. We are also clogging the upward mobility pipeline. Also, not retiring represents a cultural shift and, hey, who likes change.
For all these reasons, it makes common social sense not to worsen the situation by complaining about this or that. The mindset out there is this: We are lucky to still have work to do. That attitude prevails no matter how talented we may be or what contribution we are making professionally.
Forced into Isolation
Not being able to complain is difficult. In a sense, we can't share our little frustrations, ego wounds, and anxieties the way we could just 10 years ago. We're isolated, alone with our work problems.
A problem unshared is doubled in its impact on us. A former client has been dragging his feet on paying. Recently, he said the check was in the mail. It hasn't been. I called. I gave an ultimatum. If no payment by this coming Wednesday, I will have to "take further action."
The rage boiled over this weekend. Because I had no one I could tell about this, I had to pony up the money to talk with my executive coach. The guidance was solid. But there was none of that old satisfaction of a colleague feeling your pain.
Crime of Doing the Unexpected
On the one hand, you bet, we are lucky to be working. On the other hand, the restriction on complaining is a high price to pay for doing the unexpected: not retiring.
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