Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Survey: Older Middle-Income Workers in U.S. Happy To Keep Working

Charles Schwab & Co. has released a survey finding that 76% of middle-income Americans who are between the ages of 50 and 69 say they are sticking with their jobs because they "want to" as opposed to being "stuck" in them because they can’t leave. In addition, 27% say this is the happiest time of their working career, and another 11% believe the best is yet to come.

In other results from the "2012 Older Workers & Money Survey," 59% of workers aged 50-69 say they like what they’re doing, and 49% like the people they work with. Also, 67% consider themselves ahead of the game when it comes to job skills and report being "intellectually stimulated," "still learning" and "working to [their] full potential" at their jobs.
There are some striking differences between people in their 50s vs. those in their 60s when it comes to overall contentment in the workplace. A significantly higher percentage of 60-somethings than 50-somethings say they don’t plan to stop working (34 percent vs. 25 percent, respectively). In fact, nearly twice as many workers in their 60s as 50s say they just don’t want to retire (32 percent vs. 19 percent). The study shows that people in their 60s are more likely to be working part-time and enjoying the flexibility of doing so, liking the people they work with, feeling they would be bored if they weren’t working, and not feeling ready to retire or simply not wanting to.

Conversely, more 50-somethings than 60-somethings feel “stuck” in their jobs, perceiving greater barriers to making a job change. They say they’re sticking with their current employer because they need the money (64 percent vs. 55 percent) or because they feel it would be tough to switch jobs in this economy (52 percent vs. 29 percent) or because they don’t want to start over and lose seniority (29 percent vs. 17 percent).
The survey polled 1,004 middle-income American workers between the ages of 50 and 69 from January 19 through January 30, 2012, to better understand their perspectives and outlook on working, financial well-being and retirement. Respondents had household incomes between $40,000 and $90,000. Results were also reported on workers and their families, and their financial health. The survey also noted that "Older workers tend to serve as mentors to their younger colleagues, with more than two-thirds of them (68 percent) providing advice on a range of topics, including how their younger colleagues can do their jobs better, how to handle professional issues and how to navigate around the organization."

Source: Charles Schwab & Co. Press Release (April 24, 2012)

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