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2005 AARP Best Employers for Workers Over 50


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Phased retirement arrangements that enable employees to reduce work schedules before full retirement, a "time off bank" of donated vacation time which employees can use to care for family members, and a 401(k) plan that the company contributes to – regardless of employee participation – is why Stanley Consultants, Inc. leads the list of the 2005 AARP Best Employers for Workers Over 50.

This Iowa-based engineering, environmental and construction company ranks first among 50 diverse employers that won the Best Employers honor. Again this year, health care companies dominate the winners, followed by financial services and educational institutions.

Stanley Consultants is joined at the top of the rankings by a broad range of employers that includes Scripps Health of San Diego (ranked #2) Bon Secours Richmond Health System of Richmond, VA (#3), Deere & Company of Moline, IL (#4), Cornell University of Ithaca, NY (#5), Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge (#6), First Horizon National Corporation in Memphis, TN (#7), Brevard Public Schools in Viera, FL (#8), Yale-New Haven Hospital in CT (#9), and Lee Memorial Health System of Ft. Myers, FL (#10).

"These distinguished employers have exemplary practices at a time when the value of older employees is beginning to be broadly recognized as a key resource for corporations," said AARP CEO Bill Novelli. "Many in health care and other fields recognize that it is in their self-interest, as well as enlightened policy, to emphasize retention and recruitment of the 50 plus worker."

"Too many employers still do not recognize the advantages that older workers bring to the table," added Novelli. "The value of these employees will become increasingly apparent as the workforce ages in the years ahead."

Commenting on his company's designation as the leading Best Employer, Stanley Consultants President and CEO Gregs Thomopulos said:

"We are extremely honored to be recognized as a leader by AARP, a validation of the value that our company places on our older workers who are a crucial part of our workforce.

"We recognize the strong competition for this recognition by small and large businesses throughout the country, and are proud that this year we came out at the top of the list."

AARP also is releasing highlights of its research about mature workers – the top five advantages of mature workers and the top five stereotypes and realities about experienced workers – as well as a list of states with the most AARP Best Employers for Workers Over 50 and an outline of the top five criteria in selection of the Best Employers.

AARP's new Bernard E. Nash Award for Innovation is being given to three AARP Best Employers with exemplary practices in recruitment, flexible work options and rehiring of retirees. They are: First Horizon National Corporation (flexible work options); Pepco Holdings Inc. (retiree work opportunities); and Carondelet Health Network (recruitment).

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