Support your retiring employees

Do you have employees nearing retirement?

Fears related to change and feelings of uncertainty about the future can make the anticipation of retirement stressful.

As a strategic advisor specializing in life-transitions, with a focus on retirement, I work with individuals to create a purpose-driven retirement lifestyle plan. My clients see positive transformation in their lives as a result of the work.

By supporting your workforce to psychologically prepare for their retirement, your employees will be happier and more engaged. They will be able to offer a higher level of commitment and productivity when they have a game plan for their next stage, and have put their uncertainties to rest.

If you have individuals who would benefit from emotionally and psychologically preparing for their transition to retirement, please send me a message. I do executive, team, personal and group coaching.

Free Masterclass – 10 Most Common Fears About Retirement

Are you excited for retirement but have a few fears and concerns? Many people think that retirement is just about getting ready financially. Although many pre-retirees are concerned about their finances, money isn’t the only thing on their minds.
Whether it’s missing the comfort of a schedule, dealing with the loss of work relationships or losing a sense of purpose, it’s common for people approaching retirement to experience a wide range of worries.
Psychological and emotional factors (aka the non-financial stuff) plays a BIG role in a successful retirement. In fact, research has shown that almost half of people entering retirement struggle with the transition into their post-career life.
But it’s not all doom and gloom! You can decrease your concerns and apprehension about retirement by preparing yourself psychologically.
Start by signing up for my free masterclass – 10 Most Common Fears About Retirement – where you’ll learn about these common fears and get tips on how to overcome them.
I want you to be excited about your retirement. Together, let’s start planning for yours!

Study states skilled talent shortage will continue to impede global growth

I’m curious about how many companies are aware of this…

According to Canada’s Urban Futures Institute, about 425,000 Boomers will retire by 2020 annually and some 9.8 million Canadian baby boomers are already approaching retirement.

Already a major issue, skilled talent shortages will continue to impede global growth and if not addressed, could have a significant impact on major economies by 2030, a study* by Korn Ferry (NYSE: KFY).

Talk about succession planning being key! How are you getting new leaders to step into the role and how are you supporting the leaders you have who are leaving?

This is just one of many things I can help you with. If you’re interested in having me come to your place of work to do a session or workshop, drop me a line today!

Is long-term care insurance right for you?

No one has ever said to me, “I can’t wait to move into a long-term care home!” So I think it’s a safe bet to say that very few of us want to do so. We want to stay as independent as possible in our own home for as long as possible.

If you take care of yourself as mentioned in an earlier blog, you can hopefully push back long-term care needs well into your senior years.

Whether you will need long-term care or not, there is no doubt however, that long-term care is expensive. Has this been factored into your overall financial plan?

You may want to consider purchasing long-term care insurance while you are still working. This insurance can provide coverage if you become unable to care for yourself and need assistance either in your own home or a care facility following an accident or illness.

When I finished paying for my long-term care insurance, I felt great about having that peace of mind should I ever need it.

Talk to your financial planner or your insurance provider to see if long-term care insurance is right for you.

What can you do now to increase your level of health to stay as healthy as possible for as long as possible?

Five perks of downsizing in retirement

There’s no right or wrong answer when it comes to whether or not to downsize to a smaller home in retirement. Each person’s situation is unique, and each person must weigh the pros and cons of their own situation.

If you have concluded that selling the big family home and downsizing is the right path for you, then here are some perks you can look forward to!

Travel

The affordability and lower maintenance of smaller living may free up money for you to travel or be more spontaneous about trips and visits.

Organization

Being forced to edit your belongings is hard work, but when your home contains only the things you love and all of them have their place, you’ll know it was worth the effort. (See Marie Kondo for inspiration on how to get started!)

Time

With less space to clean, maintain and keep organized, you’ll free up so much time and be able to spend it with the people you love.

Drive Less

Maybe it’s time to get out of the suburbs or countryside where you had your family home, and start living it up downtown or in the heart of a community! You’ll be able to walk or bike wherever you need to go!

Lifestyle Flexibility

There are so many options: downtown for ease of mobility, close to nature for a meditative lifestyle, or why not try moving south for the winter! Selling your family home means you’ve got a blank slate to start dreaming on.

Downsizing in retirement is about making choices that reduce stress and increase joy!

Which one of these five would be YOUR favourite perk?

Healthy connections are crucial in retirement

Look up!

Ever notice that you look at your phone more than you want to? Ever look up and realize you got caught up in scrolling a little too much?

There is good reason for that. Software engineers are hired by handfuls of tech companies to keep high engagement levels in social media apps.

Turns out, it’s actually no mystery that notifications keep us opening apps over and over again.

The little notification flags, hearts, and “like” symbols have been proven to release dopamine and make us feel a little rush of connection.

Connection is great! And social media can be fun too.

But maybe our next step is to make sure we get the connections we’re looking for. Healthy connections, both online and IRL. Connection through community, relationships, etc.

My program, Power Up Your Retirement Lifestyle, is tailored to people looking for connection while transitioning into retirement. The online program helps focus your thinking on what is important to you.

Check it out and register today!

https://www.powerupyourretirement.com/

Fear of social isolation in retirement

Loss of social network is a big concern among pre-retirees. When you will retire from your career, you more than likely won’t be seeing your colleagues and / or work friends everyday but that doesn’t mean that they are gone from your life forever. If you had good work and personal relationships with your co-workers, then these friendships may be strong enough to continue once you have left work.

Like all relationships, however, you need to make time and work on your friendships to stay connected.

If you don’t really have any close friends at work or outside of work, then you may need to nurture your existing relationships and even expand your network.

Some ways to do that are to:

  • Identify your interests and hobbies and join a local club e.g. if you love gardening, look for local gardening clubs

  • volunteer for a personal cause

  • join service clubs or associations – there are lots of service clubs who welcome new members, identify the service clubs in your area.

  • A club that I will be joining when I retire is PROBUS club. Their goal is to provide fellowship, friendship and fun in their retirement and semi-retirement years. Some of my retired friends are members and they are loving the people they are meeting and the experiences they are having. Visit www.probus.org for more information and for a club near you.

  • attend a class at your local college or

  •  attend community or church events

There are probably lots of events going on in your community so pick up the local paper or read it on-line and get plugged in to find out what is happening in your community.

Visit www.powerupyourretirement.com to watch the ‘Ten Most Common Fears About Retirement’ Masterclass video.

Fear of a Lack of Purpose in Retirement

A purpose is very important to living a meaningful life. Ernie J. Zelinski, author of How to Retire Happy, Wild and Free says that, “Two essentials for successful retirement are sufficient funds to live on and sufficient things to live for.”

You may have a lot of hobbies, interests and leisure activities that may keep you busy, however, if you want your retirement to be meaningful, these will most likely not be enough. You may need to find your purpose.

So exactly what is ‘purpose’? Think of ‘purpose’ as your ‘why’ – The ‘why’ behind what motivates you to get out of bed in the morning and excited about your day.

Your purpose is your authentic path, being the best ‘you’ are here to be by sharing your unique gifts and strengths to make a difference in this world. By doing this you add value to the lives of others while creating value in your own life. It’s win-win. Your purpose defines who you are and how you will live.

Just because you will be in retirement, doesn’t mean you can’t continue to live your purpose. In fact, if you don’t live your life on purpose, you are more than likely going to feel unfulfilled and dissatisfied with your life in retirement.

Knowing and living your life on purpose is key to a meaningful life.

Fears can be debilitating as they can stop us from achieving our dreams and doing the things we want to do. So, don’t let your fears stop you from living the life you want.

Identify, understand and take action to overcome your fears. These are important steps in preparing yourself psychologically for your retirement.

Visit www.powerupyourretirement.com to watch the ‘Ten Most Common Fears About Retirement’ Masterclass video. 

Marielle Gauthier, owner and principal of Redworks Communications, is a certified Results coach; an Associate Certified Coach (ACC); and a Conversational Intelligence Coach.