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Blue Cross Blue Shield Association

Winner: 2008 AARP Best Employers for Workers Over 50

Benefits/Alternative Work Arrangements: BCBSA offers alternative work arrangements, such as flextime, job sharing, and telecommuting, to its full- and part-time employees. Full-time employees are eligible to move to part-time work on a permanent and temporary basis.

Opportunities for Retirees: The company currently has 221 retirees and an employee directly responsible for retiree relations.

BCBSA stays connected with its retirees by communicating on a regular basis and by providing ongoing access to retirement-planning workshops and information. The company’s Lessons of Experience publication gives retirees the opportunity to share their knowledge and insight with other retirees and provides information on topics of particular interest to them. Retirees have an opportunity to take on temporary work assignments and consulting and contract work.

Age of Workforce: Thirty-seven percent of the company’s employees are age 50+. The average tenure of employees age 50+ is 12.3 years.

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