First of all, older employees have an immense amount of knowledge and experience which can be lost to a business or organization if they are made to retire.
A second point is that older employees are often extremely loyal employees and are more willing to implement company policies than younger less committed staff.
I feel that giving workers more flexibility and choice over their retirement age will benefit society and the individual.
As a person becomes older, certain changes in structure and function of the individual take place. It is this ageing process that causes a person to become elderly, sometimes stopping the individual from doing everything they use to be able to do.
With many young people unemployed or frustrated in low-level positions, there are often calls to compulsorily retire older workers.
However, this can affect the older individual’s freedom – and right – to work and can deprive society of valuable experience and insights.
In addition, without age limits, however arbitrary, many people would continue to work purely because they did not have any other plans or roles.
A third point of view is that older people should be rewarded by society for their life’s labor by being given generous pensions and the freedom to enjoy their leisure.
For example, older people in many parts of the world are between a rock and a hard place when it comes to where and how to live when they experience physical, emotional, or mental changes that can come with aging: move into an institution or forgo crucial supports at home.
Living in an institution like a nursing facility can have serious repercussions beyond the fluorescent lighting, “privacy” curtains that separate people in the same rooms, and the grim cinderblock walls common to so many.