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2011 Best Employers

The YMCA of Greater Rochester

This organization makes accommodations for physically challenged and dyslexic employees

Benefits/Financial: Employees working 20 or more hours per week are offered a 403(b) plan with employer match. All new hires and all employees are automatically enrolled in the plan, employees can invest in lifecycle funds that automatically re-allocate assets based on age or proximity to retirement, and those age 50 and above can make catch-up contributions to their plan.

Staff members, staff from the financial services firm that administers the retirement plan and external financial planning experts provide financial information and training to employees.

Short- and long-term leaves of absence without pay and paid time off are offered to allow for caregiving.

Full- and part-time employees are offered flu shots, health screenings, health risk appraisals, smoking cessation programs, health club discounts, physical activity and weight loss programs, as well as stress management training. The YMCA offers electronic wellness newsletters and electronic EAP newsletters.

The YMCA offers employees working 20 or more hours per week on-site child care for children of employees, and referral services to assist with childcare, grandchild care and elder care are offered to employees working 5 or more hours per week.

Benefits/Alternative Work Arrangements: Employees working 25 or more hours per week can participate in flextime, compressed work schedules, job sharing, telecommuting and a formal phased retirement program. Full-time employees are eligible to move to part-time work on a permanent or temporary basis.  

Opportunities for Retirees: The YMCA has 40 retirees. The organization stays connected with its retirees by communicating regularly, inviting retirees to organization events, by providing ongoing access to retirement planning workshops and information and by formally acknowledging retirees upon retirement. The YMCA of Greater Rochester's Retiree Group hosts an annual retiree luncheon, a weekly retired men's club event and the YMCA active older adults program.

Age of Workforce: Nineteen percent of the YMCA employees are age and over. The average tenure of those employees is 10 years.

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