Employers better start getting used to accommodating all those baby boomers who are planning on working past the "normal" retirement age, whatever that is these days.

According to Gallup, many of them intend to stay on the job at least until age 66 and perhaps as long as age 73. But whether they'll approach their work with passion or simply persistence remains an important and unanswered question.

Either way, Gallup said that even those with the wherewithal to retire in their early 60s don't want to. They either like work, are addicted to it, or are so worried about living under a bridge that they keep putting on the harness every morning despite their reported wealth.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.