Mason One of Best Employers for Workers over Age 50

Posted: September 25, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Daniel Walsch

George Mason University has been named one of the 50 best places to work for persons 50 years of age and older by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP).

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According to the AARP, Mason is ranked eighth in the organization’s annual ranking, the highest of any public or private entity in Virginia, and the highest ranked college or university in the United States.

Mason’s entry into the AARP’s top 50 list marks the first time in the organization’s history that a first-time honoree has been placed among the top 10 best places to work.

Mason and the 49 other honorees are receiving their awards at a special AARP ceremony set for Sept. 26 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City. Mason President Alan Merten will accept the award on behalf of the university and participate in a special roundtable discussion organized by AARP titled “Profit by Experience: International Employer and Employee Perspectives on Work and Retirement.”

“Our institution is honored to be recognized by the AARP,” says Merten. “Maintaining a vibrant and productive workplace is something that we take very seriously because the end result is an institution of higher learning that is efficient and that serves its students and region well.”

According to the AARP, Mason was singled out for its support of flextime and telework options for its employees. Presently, nearly 70 per cent of Mason’s employees use some form of flextime, with 55 per cent using telework for some portion of the workweek. Mason boasts a student enrollment of approximately 30,000 and a total workforce of 5,760 faculty and staff.

The AARP also noted the university’s many employee recognition programs, its benefit package, and its overall workplace culture.

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