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Atlantic Health

Atlantic Health offers short- and long-term unpaid leave to employees who have caregiving duties. In the past year, 79 percent of employees used one of the following benefits, which Atlantic Health provides: flu shots, health screenings, health-risk appraisals, smoking-cessation programs, discounts to health clubs, physical-activity programs, weight-loss counseling, and stress-management training.

The company offers free workshops to help employees deal with the responsibility of taking care of older relatives. Atlantic Health also provides on-site care for children and grandchildren; the on-site day care also serves as a backup for parents and grandparents. Finally, Atlantic provides referrals to help employees find care for children and grandchildren and for eldercare.

Benefits/Alternative Work Arrangements: Full- and part-time Atlantic Health employees may take advantage of the following alternative work arrangements: flextime, compressed work schedules, job-sharing, and telecommuting. Full-time employees can use the company’s phased-retirement program and can move to part-time work on a permanent or temporary basis.

Opportunities for Retirees: Atlantic Health has an employee who is directly responsible for relations with the company’s 2,100 retirees. Through this employee, Atlantic keeps in touch by inviting retirees to company events and workshops and by giving retirees ongoing retirement-planning opportunities.

Atlantic Health formally acknowledges workers upon retirement and invites them to the Service Awards Dinner and Dance. Retirees may also stay connected to the company through temporary-work assignments, consulting work, telecommuting, or part-time work. Retirees can also join the 1,000-Hour Club, which enables them to return to work on a per diem or part-time basis without affecting their retirement benefits.

Age of Workforce: Thirty-four percent of Atlantic Health employees are age 50+, with an average tenure of 15.4 years.

 

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