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FCCI Insurance Group

This commercial insurance firm offers free financial planning to employees age 55+

Winning Years: 2011, 2009
Industry: Insurance
Location: Sarasota, Fla.
FCCI Insurance Group offers numerous employee benefits to mature workers including on-going computer training, career development opportunities, alternative work schedules such as flextime, compressed work schedules and telecommuting, and health and wellness programs.

See also: How the 2011 Best Employers winners were selected.

Their annual Wellness Fair offers valuable health screenings, an on-site fitness center with fitness classes geared to older workers, seminars on topics such as retirement planning, aging and eldercare, and a recreational golf league.

Additional Policies and Practices:

Recruiting: FCCI uses senior placement agencies to target mature workers and retirees.

Workplace Culture/Continued Opportunities: Full- and part-time employees are offered tuition reimbursement, certification classes, in-house classroom training, team building, technical training, and online training programs.

Long-service anniversaries are celebrated with announcements, parties, monetary gifts based on years of service and awards.

Numerous improvements have been made to FCCI benefits and policies because of feedback gained from the employee opinion survey. Examples include: tailoring a leadership & development program to address employee needs, focusing on flextime arrangements, enhancing the new employee orientation program, providing computer skills courses, and providing additional communication vehicles such as an online video message on the internal website and a Rewards and Recognition Newsletter.

Employees have opportunities to gain new experiences by working on temporary assignments in other departments and on team projects.

FCCI offers and implements job redesigns for employees with disabilities and medical conditions.
Benefits/Health: Employees working 30 or more hours per week receive individual and family medical coverage, individual and family prescription drug coverage, individual and family vision and dental insurance, as well as short- and long-term disability. Flexible spending accounts (FSAs) are available to assist in covering out-of-pocket health care costs.

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