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National Rural Electric Cooperative Association

Winner: 2008 AARP Best Employers for Workers Over 50

The association offers the following wellness programs to full- and part-time employees: flu shots, health screenings, health-risk appraisals, smoking-cessation programs, health club discounts, physical activity and exercise programs, weight loss programs, stress-management training, and on-site classes, such as aerobics, self-defense, and CPR training. Twenty percent of NRECA employees have used at least one of its wellness benefits during the past 12 months.

NRECA offers referral services to help employees find care for children and grandchildren and eldercare to its full- and part-time employees.

Benefits/Alternative Work Arrangements: Full-time employees can opt for the following alternative work arrangements: flextime, compressed-work schedules, job-sharing, telecommuting, and a formal phased-retirement program. Part-time employees are eligible for job-sharing and telecommuting. Full-time employees are eligible to move to part-time work on a permanent or temporary basis.

Opportunities for Retirees: NRECA currently has 153 retirees and an employee directly responsible for retiree relations. The association stays connected with its retirees by communicating regularly, by inviting retirees to organization events and celebrations, and by formally acknowledging employees on their retirement. It offers retirees temporary work assignments, consulting and contract work, and part-time work. 

Age of Workforce: Thirty-six percent of NRECA employees are age 50+. The average tenure of employees age 50+ is 11.3 years.

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