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SC Johnson & Son, Inc.

Winner: 2009 Best Employers for Workers Over 50

SC Johnson allows paid time off for caregiving, in addition to taking unpaid short- or long-term leave for caregiving. The company will reimburse employees up to $50 per night to cover costs associated with child- or eldercare when on business travel. The company also has a special sick care program that will pay 75 percent of the cost of dependent care at a hospital. SC Johnson offers wellness-related benefits to all full- and part-time employees that include flu shots, health screenings, health risk appraisals, smoking cessation programs, fitness facility and exercise program discounts, weight loss programs, and stress management programs.

Over the past 12 months, 80 percent of all employees have utilized at least one of these wellness benefits. SC Johnson has a recreation and fitness center that is accessible to all employees and retirees and their families which includes an aquatic center, basketball and racquetball courts, craft rooms, and children’s facilities. The center provides fitness programs, hosts events, and offers wellness information. SC Johnson has a physician on staff that is accessible to both employees and retirees for medical care, counsel, and emergencies. Full- and part-time employees have access to on-site child/grandchild care, referral services to help with child/grandchild or eldercare, and backup care for children/grandchildren or elderly family members.

Benefits/Alternative Work Arrangements: SC Johnson offers its full- and part-time employees the following alternative work arrangements: flex time, compressed work schedules, job sharing, and telecommuting. Full-time employees have the opportunity to move to part-time work on a permanent or temporary basis.

Opportunities for Retirees: SC Johnson currently has 1,701 retirees and a person directly responsible for maintaining retiree relations. The company stays connected with its retirees by communicating regularly, inviting them to organization events/celebrations, providing ongoing access to retirement planning workshops/information, and formally acknowledging retirees when they retire. The Retiree Activity Program and the 20 Year Club are two programs that directly offer SC Johnson retirees a connection to the company through JMBA Recreation Center and the SC Johnson Armstrong Park. SC Johnson offers retirees discounts on company products. Retirees of SC Johnson are offered temporary work assignments, consulting/contract work, telecommuting, and part-time work. SC Johnson has a retiree management and retention program. An external service manages the process of hiring and placing retirees in the company’s open positions on a contract basis.

Age of Workforce: Thirty-six percent of S. C. Johnson & Son, Inc. employees are ages 50+, with an average tenure of 23 years.

 

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