(ORDO NEWS) — Among your acquaintances, there is probably a person who wants to retire soon and never work again!
There are those who always leave the workplace exactly at the minute when the working day ends. Scientists believe that such behavior corresponds to certain types of personality.
Research like this could help improve retirement if governments take into account the results of such work.
Scientists at Kasetsart University in Bangkok, Thailand, have found key links between various personality traits and responses to retirement.
Previous research has focused on how different retirement paths (mandatory or voluntary) are associated with life satisfaction. However, this time, scientists have studied how this is related to the personality traits of people.
What did the study show?
As part of the work, a team of scientists analyzed data from a survey of more than 2,000 British adults aged 50-75 years.
Questionnaire questions were designed to assess the level of their Big Five personality traits – extraversion, agreeableness (ability to agree), conscientiousness (consciousness), neuroticism (emotional instability), openness to experience (intelligence). You can take a personality test on your own here.
In addition, all participants were asked about their work, leaving it and about life in retirement. And also about whether they plan to work again.
An analysis of the results showed that people with high conscientiousness scores were more likely to say they were satisfied with their lives after early retirement. Those who scored higher on the extraversion scale were more likely to be dissatisfied with their lives, income, and leisure activities after retirement.
The researchers suggest that conscientiousness may act as a “psychological buffer” when people who score high on this trait are more active in finding new ways to fulfill themselves. On the other hand, extroverts, according to the researchers, may miss the social relationships they had at work.
The researchers hope that the results obtained can be used to develop measures and policies aimed at improving the well-being of older people.
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