Oct 13, 2023
Are you a retired GCRTA employee? If so, you may be interested in learning about the benefits of rejoining the workforce. Returning to work as a GCRTA retiree has numerous benefits that can enhance your life in various ways.
First and foremost, the special rehire rate of $27.14 per hour offers increased income opportunities. There are also options for re-employment, such as weekends and one weekday, part-time and full-time options for re-employment, providing you with more financial flexibility. Additionally, returning to work allows you to utilize your valuable experience and expertise meaningfully. Your years of service have equipped you with a wealth of knowledge to benefit your colleagues and the organization to hit the ground running for a fresh start.
Henry Johnson III, an operator at GCRTA Hayden District, says he “likes to mentor the younger drivers of our generation to bring them up and to give them the rules of the land at GCRTA.” Former retirees can give back and mentor newer drivers by joining the new Positive Impact Program at GCRTA. This program pairs a senior driver with a more recent driver to help them transition into transit operations. By sharing your insights on your experience before and after your re-employment, you can contribute to the growth and success of GCRTA.
Returning to work as a GCRTA retiree allows you to continue utilizing your experience and expertise and will enable you to mentor and inspire the next generation of transit professionals. Your guidance can help shape their careers and set them up for success. Johnson says he mentored newer, younger drivers and “helped them retain their jobs to keep them employed with the company.” Moreover, rejoining the workforce as a retiree helps you stay engaged with the local community, make friends, and even meet new people, which promotes your overall health.
Being outside of the workforce increases loneliness and isolation. One-third of older U.S. adults reported being lonely after leaving the force. Loneliness can impact your mental state, but studies show it is just as bad for your physical health as smoking. Johnson states that he is happy that he returned to GCRTA and has “missed the riders on the bus and his coworkers, who made his job meaningful.” AT GCRTA, Henry Johnson felt like he was coming to a “warm welcome environment like a club or a community group, and at GCRTA, it’s like a tight-knit family.”
Returning to work as a GCRTA retiree also allows you to maintain a sense of purpose and fulfillment. Many retirees find that they can feel unproductive or unfulfilled without a daily routine and responsibilities. By returning to work, you can continue to contribute your skills and expertise, making a difference in the organization and the lives of others. Returning to work can provide structure and routine, essential for maintaining mental and emotional well-being.
Ready to re-enter the workforce at GCRTA? Call our HR department representatives, Ida Ford, at 216-356-3054 or Alroy Gibson, at 216-356-3534.