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Old Yesterday, 03:41 PM
 
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I figure I have about a year or maybe 2 left before I retire. Now I just go in and do the work and leave. I don't have any passion for it, and I feel like the other older workers who are just marking time. We call it being "marginalized" - they don't really include you in things because they figure you are near the end so what is the point? Did any of you feel that way toward the end? That you were just punching the clock? It seems kind of pointless but I want to work to 62 or close to it so I can qualify for social security.
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Old Yesterday, 03:46 PM
 
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Can't say I was ever overly interested in any of my jobs, just didn't hate them and hoped I was doing some good in the world (or at least in the right ballpark). I always worked shift work pretty much, so did my time and had enough pride to do a pretty good job no matter how I felt.

I worked more towards the end because they were giving me overtime and I was building my retirement house while paying for my regular house.
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Old Yesterday, 03:58 PM
 
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I figure I have about a year or maybe 2 left before I retire. Now I just go in and do the work and leave. I don't have any passion for it, and I feel like the other older workers who are just marking time. We call it being "marginalized" - they don't really include you in things because they figure you are near the end so what is the point? Did any of you feel that way toward the end? That you were just punching the clock? It seems kind of pointless but I want to work to 62 or close to it so I can qualify for social security.
I wonder if employers pick up on this and off load older people, replacing them with eager, lower paid, more energetic younger people resulting in the older person claiming age discrimination.

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Old Yesterday, 03:59 PM
 
Location: VT; previously MD & NJ
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Yes I lost interest.

Just hang in there until you have enough to retire. It's so much better now to just be able to live without that daily commitment.
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Old Yesterday, 04:06 PM
 
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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I figure I have about a year or maybe 2 left before I retire. Now I just go in and do the work and leave. I don't have any passion for it, and I feel like the other older workers who are just marking time. We call it being "marginalized" - they don't really include you in things because they figure you are near the end so what is the point? Did any of you feel that way toward the end? That you were just punching the clock? It seems kind of pointless but I want to work to 62 or close to it so I can qualify for social security.
No. I finished my career managing two major projects that were about as exciting as public procurement gets. I'd planned to leave three years earlier, but then this procurement with a unique (for our agency) delivery method came up and I was asked to do it and had an 11% increase dangled in front me. It would be a great inclusion on my resume if I wanted to work after retirement, and my pension would be boosted besides.

After it was done, another plum project was coming up and I briefly considered staying to do that one. They would have been happy if I had, but I was ready to go, and I had a great assistant who was ready to step into the job. He was 20 years younger, had two little kids, and this was his time to shine. I didn't feel marginalized at all. Of course, it also helped that my department director was herself six years older than I am. She still hasn't retired at 66.

Having a pension made it a different situation from yours, though. I am not old enough to collect Social Security, so that didn't factor into my decision.
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Old Yesterday, 04:09 PM
 
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I figure I have about a year or maybe 2 left before I retire. Now I just go in and do the work and leave. I don't have any passion for it, and I feel like the other older workers who are just marking time. We call it being "marginalized" - they don't really include you in things because they figure you are near the end so what is the point? Did any of you feel that way toward the end? That you were just punching the clock? It seems kind of pointless but I want to work to 62 or close to it so I can qualify for social security.
They called it gone ROAD - Retired On Active Duty - in the military -
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Old Yesterday, 05:02 PM
 
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My large tech company wants to replace us older workers with "digital natives". I see no evidence of older workers slacking off. We do complain more when we see upper management do dumb stuff. Maybe that is why they want us gone. That and our larger paychecks.
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Old Yesterday, 05:37 PM
 
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What if you never had any interest in the first place?
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Old Yesterday, 05:43 PM
 
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I've said it before - the part I've never liked about working for someone else is having to be a certain place at a certain time every day and all but one of my jobs have been like that. I was plenty tired of that by the time I retired.

DH is someone who "works" every day. Still on a working schedule. It's his thing. Not mine. If I'm being paid I'll work as hard as the next person but all this free labor I've given during my lifetime I'm also plenty tired of.

Sometimes I think that makes me look lazy in his eyes when I've given something a "lick and a promise." (He came from a family of seven farm boys and woe be to he who didn't hold up his end.) But if it's my project and not the usual drudgery I can work circles around him.
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Old Yesterday, 05:45 PM
 
Location: Western Colorado
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Did you lose interest in work?

Grew tired of being micromanaged by morons in the glass house, and people with iPhones recording every single thing I did. What eat a cheeseburger on tax payers time? Post that on YouTube! Plus I was arresting the grandkids of people I arrested when I first started.


So after 35 years, kinda lost interest I guess.
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