Why not UnRetire Yourself?

A quarter of over-65s say they feel they gave up their careers too soon according to a nationwide survey of retirees by Home Instead. 

The average retirement age of the 1,000 retirees polled was found to be 62, yet the average respondent said they would have happily continued working for another seven years.   

Following these results, Home Instead has launched a campaign encouraging people to ’UnRetire’ if they still feel they have more to give to a workplace.

Retired to disappointment

The survey showed that a fifth of those surveyed revealed that they felt deeply disappointed by their retirement. Some of the reasons for this were highlighted in the survey data, with 25 percent admitting to having no real routine in their day-to-day lives and a third saying they felt they have lost their purpose in life as a result of retiring.  

Missing the workplace

When asked what they missed most about the world of work, almost half (45 percent) said it was spending time with their colleagues, for 39 percent it was the monthly salary and 32 percent yearned to have an active mind again. Nearly a third indicated that they missed workplace banter the most (31 percent). 

The desire to still have a form of work to take part in was also highlighted with more than a third (37 percent) of retired Brits indicating that they believe it’s important to have something like part-time work or a hobby after retiring.

Missing the fun of work

In fact over half of the retirees polled (52 percent) said that they found working fun and that they missed it and 52 percent also agreed that one of the problems with not working is that they miss being around people. A huge 60 percent also agreed with the statement that work is good for mental health. 

Martin Jones, the CEO of Home Instead said of the research: “This is an extremely interesting piece of research that lifts the lid on retirement and how over 65s feel about life as a retiree. It is significant that a large portion of those who were surveyed felt that they could have carried on working beyond the age at which they retired. It is interesting too that so many people said they missed the ‘fun’ of work and the companionship aspect of it.  At Home Instead, we have a large number of caregivers in their 60s, 70s and 80s who particularly enjoy the companionship the role offers, as well as a sense of purpose and fulfilment it brings looking after people who may be lonely and need some extra support at home.”

If you’d like to #UnRetireYourself then take a look at some of the job opportunities at Home Instead www.homeinstead.co.uk/caregiver-jobs