Last week, I wrote about my semi-retirement strategy. Today's post comes to us from our board member John Hollon, a fellow boomer who is taking a very different approach.
OK, I admit it -- I was inspired by Joyce Maroney's recent Workforce Institute post about her move to a "phased" retirement where she is "transitioning to a part-time position as a means of achieving more work life balance without giving up the personal and economic benefits of work."
I'm incredibly envious of her and that she has been able to transition to "the more leisurely rhythms of life as a part time worker after 40 years of go-go-go."
Well, I wish I could do what Joyce is doing, however my life seems to be accelerating and go-go-going in the opposite direction.
I'm not retiring just yet, or going to a part-time schedule either. In my case, I just can't afford to give up "the economic benefits of work."
No, my plan is to work for as long as I can or until I'm flush enough that I can travel with my wife as much as I want for as long as I want. But getting to that point keeps me pretty busy.
I've got a new job as well as a gig as an adjunct professor at a local university. I'm building a consulting business on the side, serving here on the Workforce Institute Board, and volunteering time for both my Homeowners Association board and my church.
Sounds pretty busy, I know, but somehow that's not enough.
While Joyce is down-shifting to part-time work and finding fulfillment traveling and meditating on life in places like Japan, I've got my foot on the gas and headed 100 mph the opposite way.
Yes, instead of travel and phased retirement, I'm taking on as much as I can, including starting up my own blog called ... big drumroll please ... The Skeptical Guy.
The name comes from my friend Laurie Ruettimann who had a blog called The Cynical Girl. I liked the sound and cadence of that, but I'm much more skeptical than cynical, so I settled on The Skeptical Guy.
So, as my friend and WFI Board cohort Joyce Maroney watches for spring as she sits in 34 degree temperatures in Massachusetts, I'm a continent away in California sweating out a 90 degree April day and our first early blast of summer.
She's cool and easing down while I'm hot and cranking up.
Just goes to show you that our Baby Boomer generation will be re-defining what "retirement" looks like in a variety of ways.
Sharon Emek is a woman on a mission. After a long and illustrious career in the insurance industry, she's founded WAHVE (work at home vintage employees) to fill the skill gaps created for insurers by the retirement of their baby boomer (average age 57) employees. According to Sharon, WAHVE is the only remote outsourced staffing alternative to offshoring for insurance agents, brokers and insurers. WAHVE matches insurers with employees who can provide full back-office and customer service, project, and consulting work. And what's unique about the employees she contracts to these insurers? They are experienced (typically >25 years) insurance professionals who've reached the stage in life where they still want to work, but desire more flexibility than can be afforded by full time employment.
Many of these retirees wish to continue working, but also require flexibility to downshift, enjoy the grandchildren, care for aging parents of their own, or spend more time pursuing interests they didn't have the time or means for when they were younger. Their departure, however, is creating challenges for their former employers. WAHVE serves a matching service between retirees and organizations that can benefit from their services, creating a win-win for both parties.
Tune in to our podcast conversation to hear from Sharon about why hiring vintage workers may be the wahve of the future (pun intended): Sharon Emek Wahve Podcast
Learn more about how Wahve matches retired jobseekers and employers at their website: http://www.wahve.com/.