Magazine article Personnel Journal

Retirees Find That Temp Work Doesn't Get Old

Magazine article Personnel Journal

Retirees Find That Temp Work Doesn't Get Old

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In between visiting grandchildren around the country and doing volunteer work with her husband, retiree Viola Fast picks up temping jobs from Olsten. "I like the freedom of working when I want to and saying no when I don't want to," she says. "I like the flexibility."

Fast is one of many retirees who enjoy dipping a toe back into the labor pool on occasion. When you think about it, older workers are ideally suited for temping--they have years of experience and a desire to work on a limited basis. "We are a younger old now," says Dean Hewitt, senior associate with the National Council of Aging Division of Age, Work and Retirement. "People who are in their '60s and even '70s still feel like working, though they may not want to work full time. There are an increasing number of people developing that kind of lifestyle."

Enough retirees have expressed interest that some temp agencies specialize in providing only older temp workers. Tucson-based Retiree Skills is one such agency. In business now for 17 years, it hires only temps who are older than 50. The agency's founder, Robert Rheinhardt, says companies are catching on to the benefits of older tempers--but there's still a ways to go. "When I first started, it was hell trying to get companies to use these people. …

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