AARP Recognizes Mason as One of the Best Employers for Workers 50+

Posted: September 12, 2011 at 1:05 am, Last Updated: September 9, 2011 at 5:43 pm

By Erin Cushing

For the fourth time, AARP has named Mason one of the top 50 workplaces in the country for employees age 50 and older.

“We are honored to have Mason recognized again as an AARP Best Employer for Workers Over 50,” says Linda H. Harber, associate vice president for Human Resources and Payroll.

“Our great workplace attracts faculty and staff of all ages, and we are proud of our diversity,” she adds.

The AARP “Best Employers for Workers Over 50” is a recognition program that identifies organizations and companies that exhibit best practices, standards and program policies that address the issues affecting the nation’s aging workforce.

AARP especially praised Mason for providing a Life Planning/Eldercare seminar series for employees interested in learning more about caring for elderly relatives, preparing for their own retirement or preparing for aging well.

AARP also recognized Mason for providing the following services:

  • A supportive workplace culture
  • Flexible schedule options
  • Individual and family long-term care coverage options to retirees of any age
  • Referral services and general information for employees regarding eldercare
  • Ample opportunities for retirees to remain active participants in campus life and activities

Employers who applied for the AARP “Best Employers for Workers Over 50” award submitted a comprehensive application that answered questions about their human resources practices and policies. The applicants are reviewed by an independent survey firm and a panel of labor experts using evaluation guidelines developed by AARP research staff and labor experts.

Any U.S.-based employer with at least 50 employees is eligible to apply for the Best Employers award. Candidates are vetted to ensure that practices meet the needs of mature workers. Key areas of consideration include recruiting practices; opportunities for training, education and career development; workplace accommodations; alternative work options, such as flexible scheduling; job sharing and phased retirement; employee health and retirement benefits; and retiree work opportunities. Beginning in 2009, the award program became bi-annual instead of annual.

The 50 winners will be honored at a dinner on Sept. 13 in Chicago.

For a full list and for more information on the 2011 Best Employers, see www.aarp.org/bestemployers, which includes background on each employer’s workforce practices and a description of the selection process.

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