Retirees used to spend their time sunning in Florida. These days, they’re going back to work.
Driving the news: Move over quiet quitting, there’s a new buzzword taking the labour market by storm: “Unretiring’—the act of returning to the workforce after dipping out.
- According to a new survey by Edward Jones, a third of Canadians plan to work after retirement, while a third of new retirees struggle to find a sense of post-job purpose.
Why it’s happening: A mix of personal and economic reasons push retirees back to work. One major factor is that jobs give them a chance to socialize and stave off loneliness.
- Isolation amongst seniors has been on the rise since the pandemic and is connected to a sad mix of health issues, including a higher risk of mortality.
Financial pressures also play a role for seniors living on fixed incomes as pensions, Old Age Security (OSC), and Guaranteed Income Supplements (GIS) fail to keep pace with inflation.
Why it matters: As long as they are willing to accommodate the needs of retirees, a Great Unretirement could be a boon for Canadian employers dealing with a historic labour crunch.
- Retirements shot up almost 50% last year and ~22% of Canadians are nearing retirement age. If some retirees return to work, the Grey Wave’s tide could turn.
- In some cases, older workers can also bring missing expertise to workplaces and be more open to working the short shifts or odd days that younger workers shun.