Belgians don't want to work until 67, but there is a solution

The average Belgian does not want to continue working until 67, the new retirement age imposed by the federal government (coming from 65). This was revealed in a large-scale poll by HR specialists Securex, including 1,671 Belgian employees.

Those who like their job or find their work meaningful, are prepared to work until 60. Those working because they have to, would rather take up retirement at 56. This group keeps growing, and statistics show that 22 percent is absent for long time (21 days or more), compared to only 10 percent in the other category.

Hardly anybody seems to be motivated to stay in work until 67. Still, this is the new official retirement age as imposed by the right-wing government. Securex sees only one solution: making sure people find back the pleasure. Experts say this is the only way to do it, as just obliging employees to continue against their will, is not working.

The ABC, the key?

Anja Van den Broeck, a professor management and motivation psychology at Leuven University, says "the debate should be centred on making the shift towards making employees want to stay in work longer".  So it's all about motivation.

Hermina Van Coillie of Securex promotes the ABC model: "A for Autonomy, B for Belongingness and C for Competence." You should do a job you would normally be doing yourself; you should have a strong link with the job, the colleagues and the organisation, and it's best to work according to your talents.

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