7 hard truths about working beyond retirement age

Do you really want to work for a snot-nosed kid?

There are also psychological and emotional issues to switching jobs late in life. “Chances are you are going to be working for someone who is younger, and that raises issues for both you and the boss,” says Steven Sass of the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College. That creates “a reversal of the authority relationships that we typically have in our lives."  Bosses have both negative and positive preconceptions about older workers, and a key is finding one that values the positive side — reliability, for instance, as opposed to, say, energy level. While many seniors find happiness giving up the role of alpha dog and joining the pack, for some it's a rough transition.

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