Think about the word, "retirement." Most likely, you'll picture an elderly couple eating early-bird dinners and playing bingo at a group living facility in Florida. But retirement can be so much more than that. First of all, you don't necessarily have to be old in order to retire. It's the period where all of the hard work we've done finally pays off, and it's different for everyone.

What's this you say? You're not anywhere near retirement? It doesn't matter. What you do now will keep you in good shape for the future. Think about it like exercise. You don't want to start exercising only when you're told to do so by a doctor, or else. In a similar way, "financial exercise" is a way to develop healthy habits to ensure that you'll be able to have a stress-free retirement. Here are a few things to know.

Commitment is the key.

We know the C-word can be scary, but when it comes to work, know that it's called that for a reason. If you're always looking for your next "dream job", you'll never be able to focus on your current job and gain the skills necessary to advance along your career path when the time is right. Moving up the corporate ladder is only possible if you show consistency.

Talk to successful people.

Have you just read an article by a young entrepreneur who made a fortune and is now spending the rest of his or her life lounging in the Caribbean? It's one thing to get inspired by what you read, but it's another to build a relationship with someone you admire. Send them an email, or give them a call. Don't be intimidated by successful people. Chances are, they'll want to tell you about their struggles and tricks of the trade. Don't get bogged down by negative peers that have a poor outlook on their financial future. Always look up, and be sure to take notes.

Invest before you rest.

Investing is not just for fancy Wall Street folks. Anyone can invest. It's a great way to make some extra income. If you're totally confused, don't worry. CNN Money will guide you with 4 questions you should ask yourself before you invest. For example, you can invest in stocks or property. We also suggest looking into a Roth IRA. For more information to see if you qualify, check this out.

Know about your employer's benefits.

You've probably heard the term, "401(k)" before, but do you know what it means? A 401(k) is a plan sponsored by your employer that helps you save retirement funds by taking a certain percentage from your pre-tax paycheck. Some companies match your withdrawal, making the savings plan even more profitable for your retirement. Find out more about the different types of 401(k)s here.

Write down your goals and save.

Retirement for some might look like daiquiris on the beach. But for others, work makes us feel complete, and we'll never want to stop working. Figure out what you want. When do you want to retire? What do really want to do with your life after work? Having clear goals in mind will help encourage you to stay on track. Then, develop a plan to save. Check out these awesome resources to help you start saving for requirement, today.

Now that wasn't so bad, was it? Pat yourself on the back. You deserve it.


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Over two years into the most momentous event in our lives the world has changed forever … Some of us have PTSD from being locked up at home, some are living like everything’s going to end tomorrow, and the rest of us are merely trying to get by. When the pandemic hit we entered a perpetual state of vulnerability, but now we’re supposed to return to normal and just get on with our lives.

What does that mean? Packed bars, concerts, and grocery shopping without a mask feel totally strange. We got used to having more rules over our everyday life, considering if we really had to go out or keeping Zooming from our living rooms in threadbare pajama bottoms.

The work-from-home culture changed it all. Initially, companies were skeptical about letting employees work remotely, automatically assuming work output would fall and so would the quality. To the contrary, since March of 2020 productivity has risen by 47%, which says it all. Employees can work from home and still deliver results.

There are a number of reasons why everyone loves the work from home culture. We gained hours weekly that were wasted on public transport, people saved a ton of money, and could work from anywhere in the world. Then there were the obvious reasons like wearing sweats or loungewear all week long and having your pets close by. Come on, whose cat hasn’t done a tap dance on your keyboard in the middle of that All Hands Call!

Working from home grants the freedom to decorate your ‘office’ any way you want. But then people needed a change of environment. Companies began requesting their employees' RTO, thus generating the Hybrid Work Model — a blend of in-person and virtual work arrangements. Prior to 2020, about 20% of employees worked from home, but in the midst of the pandemic, it exploded to around 70%.

Although the number of people working from home increased and people enjoyed their flexibility, politicians started calling for a harder RTW policy. President Joe Biden urges us with, “It’s time for Americans to get back to work and fill our great downtowns again.”

While Boris Johnson said, “Mother Nature does not like working from home.'' It wasn’t surprising that politicians wanted people back at their desks due to the financial impact of working from the office. According to a report in the BBC, US workers spent between $2,000 - $5,000 each year on transport to work before the pandemic.

That’s where the problem lies. The majority of us stopped planning for public transport, takeaway coffee, and fresh work-appropriate outfits. We must reconsider these things now, and our wallets are paying

the price. Gas costs are at an all-time high, making public transport increase their fees; food and clothes are all on a steep incline. A simple iced latte from Dunkin’ went from $3.70 to $3.99 (which doesn’t seem like much but 2-3 coffees a day with the extra flavors and shots add up to a lot), while sandwiches soared by 14% and salads by 11%.

This contributes to the pressure employees feel about heading into the office. Remote work may have begun as a safety measure, but it’s now a savings measure for employees around the world.

Bloomberg are offering its US staff a $75 daily commuting stipend that they can spend however they want. And other companies are doing the best they can. This still lends credence to ‘the great resignation.’ Initially starting with the retail, food service, and hospitality sectors which were hard hit during the pandemic, it has since spread to other industries. By September 2021, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 4.4 million resignations.

That’s where the most critical question lies…work from home, work from the office or stick to this new hybrid world culture?

Borris Johnson thinks, “We need to get back into the habit of getting into the office.” Because his experience of working from home “is you spend an awful lot of time making another cup of coffee and then, you know, getting up, walking very slowly to the fridge, hacking off a small piece of cheese, then walking very slowly back to your laptop and then forgetting what it was you’re doing.”

While New York City Mayor Eric Adams says you “can't stay home in your pajamas all day."

In the end, does it really matter where we work if efficiency and productivity are great? We’ve proven that companies can trust us to achieve the same results — or better! — and on time with this hybrid model. Employees can be more flexible, which boosts satisfaction, improves both productivity and retention, and improves diversity in the workplace because corporations can hire through the US and indeed all over the world.

We’ve seen companies make this work in many ways, through virtual lunches, breakout rooms, paint and prosecco parties, and — the most popular — trivia nights.

As much as we strive for normalcy, the last two years cannot simply be erased. So instead of wiping out this era, it's time to embrace the change and find the right world culture for you.

What would get you into the office? Free lunch? A gym membership? Permission to hang out with your dog? Some employers are trying just that.

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Did you hear about the Great Resignation? It isn’t over. Just over two years of pandemic living, many offices are finally returning to full-time or hybrid experiences. This is causing employees to totally reconsider their positions.

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