February 17, 2021
For many baby boomers, stereotypically hard working, the job may have taken a significantly greater part of their life than other generations. Stepping down then can be hard especially if you like what you do, you’re good at it and derive a sense of purpose and meaning from it. Also, as we are often healthier than ever before at this age, we may still have the energy we need to achieve.
If you are considering retirement but are really not sure if it is the right move for you, or if you may be impacted by some organisational changes, some navel gazing might be in order. In my blog, Are you Psychologically Ready to Retire?, I outlined several questions to reflect on that may help you confidently make the decision to leave full-time commitments. These included:
A recent article in the Wall Street Journal added some additional questions you might usefully ask to guide your thinking:
And finally, some practical questions:
In exploring these questions in a detailed and thoughtful way, you will move closer to making a decision only you can make – to step back from a role you may love and do other things.