Encyclopedia of Geropsychology

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Motivation to Continue Work After Retirement

  • Reidar J. MykletunEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-287-080-3_197-1



The concept of Retirement implies leaving one’s organizational position or career path of considerable duration, after middle age, with the intention of subsequent reduction of psychological commitment to work. Motivation to workimplies the psychological process that influences how personal effort and resources are allocated to actions pertaining to work, including the direction, intensity, and persistence of these actions. Motivation to work after retirement might appear as a paradox. Nevertheless, retirement is changing from an abrupt event to a process often stretching over several years where the employee remains attached to work and contributes to the value creation, either in his/her career organization or a new one, on part- or fulltime contract. Central drivers of this behavior may be the meaning inherent to work, identity as an employee,...


Decision Latitude Work Motivation Future Time Perspective Social Cognitive Career Theory Psychological Contract Fulfillment 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Molde University CollegeMoldeNorway