Older workers & encore careers

A few years ago, I organized focus groups with older adults (55+) to find out what they wanted or needed in terms of employment. The project was funded by the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. Some of the participants needed to continue working to maintain financial stability. Others felt they needed to work for social and mental health. A small percentage of the participants were excited about starting a small business.

Below is a list of the responses to our question “What do older workers want and need?”

  • flexible hours
  • part time jobs
  • seasonal employment
  • contractual or project work
  • work from home
  • self employment
  • small business or micro enterprise start up

Benefits to workers

Benefits to employers

Age Friendly Employers