Governments and companies in the corporate sector follow the practice of parting company with staff as they reach the pre-determined age of superannuation. The idiom that retirement on reaching that age and death are a certainty that nobody can dodge is often heard in the circles of staff taking leave of their respective organisations. Extension of tenure and re-employment of superannuated staff, being more an exception than routine, due to certain exigencies, such as delay in filling the gap in staff strength at the hierarchical level of the retiree or indispensability of the outgoing staff or other extraneous factors, including favouritism based on all-too-familiar clout are unmistakable recognition of the individual’s efficiency and work ethics as perceived by the authorities concerned. The flock among the staff allowed to take leave on the dot, even after the usual farewell party have reason to be happy if their co-workers don’t ask the question: “When are you going?” instead of the question: “Why are you going away?” The fact remains that even those with extended tenure and also re-employed have to go. The inevitable is only put off.
Workaholics and laggards, after years of being together during their work-life carry home memories of both good times marked by unsullied relationship and occasions best forgotten. It is said that some persons make themselves welcomed wherever they go and others whenever they go. A new chapter begins at the home of the retirees which makes a fascinating study, each retiree telling a different story.
Self-assessment of one’s work-life and rating by others generates thoughts on whether retirement is a dreaded event or otherwise. While the ambience left behind in the workplace by the retiree may be haunting for a while, that in the home-front is more important to focus upon. Economic health and physical fitness of the retiree become features keenly observed by the respective better half. Life is bound to be hunky-dory if the retiree walks into his abode in good cheer with adequate ready cash at command and free from any worrisome affliction. The case of those who are not that fortunate cannot be described in words. Also, while the headcount of those who retire with various post-retirement benefits such as an alluring pension, provident fund, leave encashment and so on is a small fraction of the total population of the country’s workforce, the issues of the rest can be mind-boggling.
To be engaged in any economic activity of one’s ability and relish is a bliss and a reward for those who may retire as ordained but take care to remain without tiring, mentally as well as physically. The classical grandmothers in our society are known to be tireless and selfless workaholics, being embodiment of service with a smile.
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