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Any U.S.-based employer with at least 50 employees is eligible to apply for the AARP Best Employers award. Candidates are vetted to ensure that their practices meet the needs of mature workers. Key areas of consideration include: recruiting practices, opportunities for training, education and career development; workplace accommodations; alternative work options, such as flexible scheduling, job sharing, and phased retirement; employee health and retirement benefits and retiree work opportunities.

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DentaQuest of Charlestown celebrates its fourth appearance on the AARP Best Employers list (2004, 2008, 2009). By partnering with Operation A.B.L.E. of Greater Boston, DentaQuest is committed to training and recruiting mature employees. The company is also responsive to employees’ concerns and requests, leading to an increased 401(k) match and a long-term care benefit.

Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) of Boston offers employees a number of innovative benefits including financial and retirement planning, dependent care, and flexible work options. MGH uses senior placement agencies to target mature workers and retirees, and offers retirees temporary work assignments, consulting and contract work, part-time work, and volunteer opportunities. This is MGH’s fourth appearance on the AARP Best Employers list (2006, 2007, 2008, 2011).

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) of Cambridge is a six-time AARP Best Employers recipient (2003, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2011). By creating a positive work environment through a generous benefits package, progressive programs like MITemps and internal hiring practices, MIT has been able to foster growth and maintain high levels of retention. Thirty-seven percent of MIT employees are age 50 or older, with an average tenure of 15.9 years.

University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) of Worcester is a first time AARP Best Employer. As a result of a Diversity and Equal Opportunity Office online climate survey, the UMMS Mature Workforce Committee developed a “Program for the Mature Worker” to address issues related specifically to older worker satisfaction.     

This is the program’s tenth awards designation since launching in 2001. View the complete list of 2011 AARP Best Employers for Workers Over 50.

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