I couldn’t be happier that the career break movement is finally getting legs.
But I’m also acutely aware that many people who used to be racing toward retirement are finding themselves stuck in an increasingly tangled web.
New research shows that small business owners—often called the future of America—are planning to put off retirement in shockingly large numbers.
On one hand, this might suggest that they are feeling more connected to and rewarded by their work–with less need to escape it.
More likely the statistics reflect the sticky economic predicament that so many people now find themselves in–with depleted savings accounts and escalating costs for healthcare.
Here are some highlights from the recent Gallup survey:
These are sad facts, perhaps, but they support the case for taking some breaks along the way. We’re all likely to be living (and laboring) longer than the generations that preceded us. Career breaks are one way to ensure that life doesn’t become all work and no play.