If you listened to WOR for even thirty seconds on Wednesday morning, you know that legendary newsman Joe Bartlett hung up his headphones for the final time after 37 years in the studios… but is Joe really prepared to ride off into the sunset? To find out, the New York Post’s career advice columnist Greg Giangrande joined 710 WOR’s Len Berman and Michael Riedel in the Morning program to discuss retirement in his weekly segment.
“There are very few employees who can say that they have sustained nearly four decades of success, versatility and growth with the same employer that Joe has,” Giangrande told Berman and Riedel. “If you think about how much energy and excitement that employers put into investing new employees when they come on board, after nearly forty years, there should be at least this much fanfare and accolades for someone who is retiring with that track record.”
To further stress that point, according to Giangrande, the average tenure of full-time employees in the U.S. is only five years, a number that makes Bartlett’s longevity even more impressive in hindsight. “It used to be… considered a virtue to stay with one employer a long time. Now, everyone is encouraged to get different experiences and move around, so you’re unlikely to see this kind of track record again.”
And if Joe should get bored playing golf, -- not likely, but, -- Giangrande says he wouldn’t be the only retiree who decides to get another paycheck. “About a third of people aged 65 to 75 still work… and there’s a reason for that. Small businesses and retail and service sector, they like to hire retirees because they’re more mature, they’re more responsible, they’re more dependable than a lot of the kids who are, like, a third or a quarter of their age.”
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