Guest Post by Lisa Lozeau
It may not be something you’ve considered, but many people facing retirement or just entering that phase of life worry that they may become bored. You may be one of them, or you may have a long bucket list to keep you busy. Either way, experts agree that staying active is the key to an enjoyable retirement.
That means being active both physically and mentally. You made millions of neural connections and kept them sharp throughout your career by facing challenges, learning new skills, and calling upon knowledge and experience. It’s important to keep stimulating your brain to make new connections on a continual basis.
Suddenly stopping a routine you’ve followed for many years—going to work, interacting with people, solving problems and being needed—can leave you feeling a little adrift mentally. The lack of mental stimulation can become a very real problem if you become too bored or unmotivated to pursue your retirement dreams. According to a study by the Families and Work Institute, increasing numbers of retirees are embracing a work “encore” or “bridge employment” to strike the balance of wanting to retire and wanting to stay mentally engaged.
What is “bridge employment?” It’s a way to stay engaged with work while also enjoying retirement. It could be consulting part-time at the company you used to work for, starting a business based on a hobby, or trying something completely new. One great example is to retire and then work from home on a more flexible schedule.
There are a variety of work-from-home opportunities out there that can keep those neurons firing. It’s best to do your research to find an opportunity that is right for you. Consider your skill set, how much you want to work, and what you want to do. Beware of opportunities that seem too good to be true—they probably are. You’ll want to look for opportunities on established sites such as FlexJobs and Indeed. Double-check with the Better Business Bureau if you are unsure—you’ll be able to see complaints and resolutions. And make sure you carefully review all the details to make sure the work, schedule and company are the right fit for you.
One opportunity that is a great fit for many retirees is helping people as a home-based call center agent. All you need is a phone, computer with Internet connection, and a quiet location to get started. Companies of all sizes, in all industries, in all locations are looking for people to put the human touch back in customer service and other customer interactions. There are so many benefits to working from home as a call center agent, including:
- Setting your own schedule, so you can still make time for that bucket list in addition to work.
- Building on your prior work experience and even expanding your horizons with new skills to keep your mind sharp.
- Connecting with people in a meaningful way and making a difference in someone’s day.
- Continuing to bring in some income, so you can retire more comfortably.
If you’re already retired and feeling bored or unmotivated, now is the time to fire up those neurons and reengage in the workforce – even if it’s just part-time. If you’re not sure what you want to do in retirement, now is a great time to explore your options. Maybe you can even retire early if your work encore provides enough income. Best wishes in finding your work encore and making your retirement everything you want it to be!
Lisa Lozeau works on the Acquisition and Onboarding team at LiveOps. She helps connect talented individuals with independent contractor opportunities that allow them to work from home and provide professional call center services to LiveOps’ diverse client base. As a work-from-home mom herself, Lisa understands the value and importance of flexible work. She is passionate about helping people find greater work-life balance through professional work-from-home opportunities. For more information about LiveOps, please visit: join.liveops.com.