A number of years ago, when my colleagues and I first began our research on how companies were preparing for the changing demographics of the workforce, we were amazed to find 85-year-old aerospace engineers successfully at work! From a company perspective, the reasons for this were straightforward—the industry was then already faced with a severe talent shortage. But why were these folks happily devoting their golden retirement to work?
Today, it's clear the answer to that question has two important components. First, lots of people are finding that they want to work "forever"—that the benefits of intellectual stimulation, social interaction, physical activity, and, of course, supplemental income, are ones they value more than endless rounds of leisure activity.