In my succession planning workshops, I always start the session with a quick pulse check that usually goes something like this:
Me: “Raise your hand if you want to work for the rest of your life!”
Retirement has long been the “holy grail” for the Boomer generation, and the Silent generation before them. Work hard, put in your dues, and eventually you’ll get a watch at your retirement party, buy some golf clubs & enjoy your “golden years”.
And t’s not just Millennials who felt betrayed by the empty promises of financial and workplace stability. Boomers are staying in the workforce much longer than anticipated. And for many, the watch, the clubs, and the dream of financial stability ended up being just that – a dream. A promise unfulfilled.
As a result, Baby Boomers are searching for their next calling that’s in better alignment with their values. They’re focusing more on what matters most to them as they enter work in the second half of their life. This movement, dubbed the “Encore Career” by Marc Freedman back in 2008, found Boomers are moving en-masse into roles with a public interest focus.
So what exactly are Baby Boomers seeking in their Encore Careers?
Do any of these resonate with you? Then you just might be the Boomer who’s going to help lead the Give-Back Revolution.