If you are retired, what do you miss about working?
Things retirees miss about work.
The Bankers Life study questioned 300 retirees ages 55 to 75 several open-ended questions about their retirement and what they missed the most and least about working. Sixty-five percent said they most missed interacting with co-workers or friends at work. What is most interesting about this is that retirees mentioned this more than four times as often as they said they wished they had the extra income from working.
Only 15 percent of retirees expressed they most missed the extra money — and that response was the second most popular. This indicates just how meaningful workplace relationships can become and the gap they can leave behind when you retire. One respondent said: “I often miss my co-workers. They became my family away from home.”
The next most popular responses were retirees missing the fulfillment of their jobs and the sense that they were doing something meaningful every day. This does not mean that retirees miss everything about their job. The Bankers Life survey also asked retirees what they regretted least about their job. A total of 25 percent of respondents said they did not miss the pressure of work.
That was the most popular answer to this question. Retirees also said they did not miss getting up early, dealing with managers and their daily commute. When questioned what most amazed them about the retirement lifestyle, the most significant number of respondents said they were amazed at how much free time they now had in their hands.
Having free time can be positive, but it can be a challenge if you have too much. That is why several respondents told Bankers Life that they often couldn’t find enough to do to fill their day. As one respondent put it: “Lots of time with little to do.”