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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina

Winner: 2008 AARP Best Employers for Workers Over 50

BCBS also offers referral services to assist with care for children, grandchildren, and with eldercare, and also offers backup care for children or grandchildren, to full- and part-time employees.

Benefits/Alternative Work Arrangements: BCBS offers alternative work arrangements, such as flextime, compressed work schedules, job-sharing, and telecommuting, 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 538 retirees. BCBS stays connected with them by inviting them to organization events and celebrations, by providing ongoing access to retirement planning workshops and information, and by formally acknowledging employees on the occasion of their retirement. BCBS offers retirees temporary work assignments, telecommuting, and full-and part-time work.

Age of Workforce: Twenty-two percent of the company’s employees are 50+. The average tenure of employees age 50+ is 12 years.

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