Work Therapy: You’re not the boss of me (anymore)

Goodness me! Hasn’t he heard of Sudoku?

Rather than taking full advantage of what I imagine might by his few remaining years with relatively quiet joints and reasonably sturdy teeth, he’s regularly trudging into an erstwhile place of work and talking shop. That’s worrying. I’m imagining a lot of sitting on desks reminiscing about events that never took place and proffering wisdom that nobody wants.


To my way of thinking, if he’s that bored and that interested in coming in to work so regularly, he might as well make himself useful. Perhaps the new boss could ask if he’d like to volunteer at the organisation. Maybe as one of those bathroom attendants you see in old American films (and which apparently still exist in posh hotels and nightclubs in the US and Europe) — «eau de cologne, sir?»

Work Therapy should help things coming to this.

Work Therapy should help things coming to this.Credit:Alamy

That’s my advice. Here’s a less smart-alecy approach from Peter Wilson, the chairman of the Australian HR Institute.

«A typical transition to retirement program, if the organisation has one, is to talk to the retiring boss about how he plans to ‘let go’, which would include discussing a clean separation from his old job to focus on what he wants to do next.

«Sometimes you may need to explore ways he or she can contribute off site as a confidential mentor.»

Whatever path you choose, I just hope it leads this unfortunate character away from you and your colleagues and towards a healthy post-retirement existence.

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