APERS invited members to take a survey on our website about their attitudes toward returning to work after retirement. You might find the results interesting

Note that the majority of respondents in our unscientific survey were vested members (five or more years of service), so the results presented herein are from that group.

Do you plan to work after retiring from APERS?  Most think it's a possibility, but almost as many aren't planning on it.

Not sure

37%

Only if I have to

32%

Definitely

18%

Absolutely not

13%

What kind of work you would prefer after retirement?  Most would want to try something new.

Exactly the same job as before

 9%

The same general type of work

18%

A completely different type of work

52%

No work at all

21%

What is the most likely reason you would return to work? Nearly 2/3 said they'd consider "unretiring" only if they needed more income.

Needing the income

59%

Wanting something to do

29%

Loving my work

 4%

Missing fellowship and support

 3%

What’s your top priority in choosing a post-retirement job?  Perhaps surprisingly, compensation wasn't the top answer. A flexible schedule was of greater importance to most respondents.

       Flexible scheduling

53%

Money

32%

Feeling of accomplishment

 9%

Supportive environment

 6%

 

------ adapted from APERSpective for Active Members, Winter 2019 newsletter

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