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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Student Essay - What Is The best Age For People To Stop Working? by Yusof bin Ahmad Khairuddin, Kolej Yayasan UEM

What Is The best Age For People To Stop Working? – Yusof bin Ahmad Khairuddin, Kolej Yayasan UEM

Have you ever wondered if you might die while working and not able to see your family for the last time? A long time ago, people could not work very long due to their short lives. Nowadays, people live longer and would continue working even if they are nearing their deathbed. Is that fair to their family who wants to spend quality time with them abut they are rarely at home because of work? Most importantly, are they being fair to themselves? I think people should stop working between the ages of 50 and 60 and here are the reasons why.

First of all, most employees beyond this age would not be healthy enough to work at their fullest ability. From the age of 40, most people would start to get age-related ailments. By the time they are 60, many will get tired and sick more often. There is even a possibility that an employee at an advanced age experiences no job satisfaction any longer because of having been through the same daily routine for so many years. As a result of all this, it is better to work till the ages of between 50 and 60 so that one can give a hundred percent to the company.

Next, people who continue to work beyond the age of 60 may adversely affect himself and other employees in the company. For example, if he is too old or weak, he may slow down the other workers. This will affect the company’s profit level as they may not be able to meet their goals. Other than that, he or she might have been in power for too long and refuses to step down. This would definitely corrupt the company. Hence, continuing to work when one is no longer capable not only affects oneself and but also others in the company.

Lastly, people retiring at any age younger than this range might negatively affect their family and company. If they retire too soon, he or she might not have enough money to fund their children’s education. This will likely affect the future of the children. Besides, they probably still have the capability, talent or skill in helping to maximise the potential and profit of the company. Money spent on training them would have been wasted if they leave too soon. Thus, retiring at a young age would not benefit their family or company.

In conclusion, employees should stop working by the age of 60 at the latest. This is because most employees beyond this age would not be healthy enough to work at their fullest ability. In addition, people working at any age above 60 might slow the company down and people retiring too early would shortchange their families. I strongly believe someone can work as long as they want but they must consider what the benefits and drawbacks are. If one outweighs the other, then decide accordingly.

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