A new study conducted by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research reveals that nine out of 10 workers age 50 or older are very or somewhat satisfied with their job!
Yes, this result deserves an exclamation point.
Regardless of gender, race, educational level, political ideology and income level, most of the participants said they are pretty darn satisfied on the job. Now, of course there were some grumblings in the report from participants who reported unwelcome comments about their age or maybe they were passed over for raises and promotions.
Let’s look on the bright side, shall we? The bulk of the report points to happiness in this demographic despite a few rumblings which is to be expected. In fact, six out of 10 survey participants mentioned that colleagues reach out to them for advice more often and four in 10 mentioned they were getting more respect at the office.
We really can’t look at this data in a vacuum though. We should think about the big picture — older workers have already climbed the career ladder. They’ve typically networked and wined and dined with the best of ‘em. They’ve increased their salaries, they’ve negotiated, they’ve made their mark. Perhaps more satisfaction simply makes sense in comparison to twenty and thirtysomethings who are still navigating their place in the world and figuring things out.
As they report a high level of satisfaction, it’s no surprise they’re working longer than previous generations, too. Though some older workers stay on the job out of economic necessity, many others keep working because they can’t imagine quitting and genuinely like their jobs.
Per the piece, Eileen Sievert of Minneapolis is a professor at the University of Minnesota and loves her work to the point of scaling back her hours through a phased retirement program instead of stopping cold turkey.
She told the Associated Press, “I just like the job. And you don’t want to leave, but you don’t want to stay too long.”