I have mixed feelings about old people working. I believe it depends on your career level at the point of retirement.
When people retire at the top level, they usually find it difficult to adjust to their newfound free time. They feel useless and agitated. These people love to work and are good at what they do (which is why they are so successful). It’s the retirement age rule that stops them from keeping their job. These are the kind of people that employer often requests to continue working post-retirement on contract basis as their experiences are of enormous value to the organization.
When people retire at the bottom level, they often can’t wait for the golden moment to happen. Some are already in retirement mode even years before they really hit that age. Sayings like “Saya ni dah tua.. dah nak pencen lagi 2 tahun..” or “Kalau kerja kuat pun buat apa.. tambah sakit je.. bukan sempat naik pangkat pun..” – these are all too familiar. If you really want to retire that much, why come to work and waste the employer’s money? Go retire already!
I guess old people, like any other human being in this world, come in various packages. Some are hardworking, some are lazy. Some contribute a lot, some just whine all day. It really depends on the individual.
One thing that I find difficult to accept is seeing old people cleaning up after young ones – wiping tables at fast food restaurants, picking up trash left by kutu lepak at the roadside, digging dumpsters for anything recyclable – these scenes make me sad. Just sad.
Anyway, if you plan to work until you are old and wrinkly, I just have one thing to say…
…please resign when you reach this stage! ;-)