The year that killed retirement
the year that killed retirment
A heart-warming and very personal account of our South African experiences during Lockdown by the author and 9 Guest Columnists. This lovely and timely book will be of great interest especially to those of us facing retrenchment, layoffs and early retirement. By promoting the idea of a Platinum Tribe of alert, aware and innovative people entering perhaps the best and most productive phase of our lives, the overriding call of this book is to Embrace Ageing and dictate to whatever extent possible our path in the Post Covid future.
2020. Were we planning retirement? Think again. Great disruption and uncertainty rules. But might this harsh new reality prompt us to recognise our interdependence and shared humanity? Will we use this pause for breath to imagine a new dawn for humanity and our battered planet?
Michael Hook believes retirement as we know it is dead and urges us to reinvent ourselves in our Platinum Years. Guardian Angel Mam Khanyi is too busy seeing to the needs of 80 child trafficked girls to ponder any sort of relaxation, whilst futurist Graeme Codrington is steaming mad about individuals and corporates who have not seemed to “get” the new reality of our times.
Monk Antony Osler views the crisis through the calm lens of Buddhism, accompanying several other extraordinary South Africans in a sharing of their 2020 experiences, hopes and fears. And through these stories shines a goodness and bravery which allows us to hope some positives may come from this defining period, and that for seniors the best period of our lives may be to come.
The dismal performance of the South African economy over the past decade and the double whammy of Corona Virus opens the floodgates of retrenchments, downsizing, early retirement and shattered dreams. We no longer retire and need to survive 5 or 7 years of inactivity, because these days we will live 25 years after finishing a formal career. Medical aids won’t last, retirement pay-outs will dry up, and the fact is most of us will need to reinvent ourselves to create a monthly income.
Employers owe their loyal staffers an easier and clearer exit. Our corporate and group interventions in one day or longer retreats start the process of retaining meaning, viewing the future clearly and realising there are many opportunities available to us with the support and network of our Platinum Tribe. Enquire about running our workshops in your business or organisation, it’s the right thing to do.