August 26, 2016

Should retirement be compulsory at 65 years of age?

The retirement age has been a subject of discussion in various occupational fields. Many employees would not want to retire even when in old age (Lynch, C., 2012). This is may be because of their earnings, responsibilities, better ways of spending time and many other reasons. I think it would be best if everybody retires at the age of 65 supported by the following reasons.


At this age of 65, most people in the human cycle are already in the lag phase of the growth curve (Carlson, R. C., 2005). They do not have a lot of energy and agility as in the youth stage. The sluggish response to objectives would result to failure.

The old are usually used to doing things the same way (Lynch, C., 2012). They do not have the excitement that comes with innovations and trying out new things. This would lead to the death of an organization if this age of staffs were in the majority or influential positions. The company may not grow but be overtaken by the competitors. On the other hand, the youths are creative thinkers and innovators and this would lead to the organization having life and new creations hence keeping ahead of the competitors (Lynch, C., 2012).

One advantage that the old age comes with is experience, skills, and the vast networks created over the past years (Carlson, R. C., 2005). However, optimization of this age would be by creating a group that would be engaging in synectic sessions or as think tanks (Carlson, R. C., 2005). This would also help in help improve their welfare and increase their health status as scientific reports have reported that those who work in the old age stay healthy.

In conclusion, due to the many disadvantages of keeping the old age in the working force it is important that employees retire at the age of 65. Nonetheless, harnessing the knowledge of this generation is important in order to optimize productivity in every organization.

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