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Benefits/Alternative-Work Arrangements: Flextime, compressed-workschedules, job-sharing, telecommuting, and a formal phased-retirement programare alternative work benefits offered by DentaQuest. The company is open toconsidering all kinds of phased-retirement programs from reducing work hoursover multiple years to part-time work. Full-time employees may move topart-time work on either a temporary or permanent basis. 

Opportunities for Retirees: While DentaQuest currently has only sixretirees, it still has a full-time employee who is responsible for retireerelations. DentaQuest connects with the retiree population by regularlycommunicating with them and by formally acknowledging employees when theyretire. Retirees may also take advantage of temporary work assignments,consulting or contract work, telecommuting, and part- and full-time work. 

Age of Workforce: Twenty-four percent of DentaQuest employees are ages50+, with an average tenure of nine years.

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