Nearly 40% of age 50+ workers would be interested in participating in phased retirement according to research by AARP Knowledge Management. According to S. Kathi Brown, the report-- "Attitudes of Individuals 50 and Older Toward Phased Retirement"--the opportunity to work a reduced schedule prior to full retirement while simultaneously collecting pension benefits has significant appeal. "Of workers who expressed interest in phased retirement, nearly four in five expect that the availability of such a plan would encourage them to work past their expected retirement age. Although respondents value the ability to work a reduced schedule while collecting some of their pension, they are wary of the possibility that phased retirement might reduce their final pension benefit."
Source: Research Report AARP Knowledge Management (March 2005)