AARP taking ‘Best Employers for Workers Over 50’?applications

COLUMBUS – The application deadline for the annual AARP Best Employers for Workers Over 50 search is only weeks away. Employers who offer workplace practices and policies that are friendly toward workers aged 50+ are urged to apply at employers before Feb. 13th.

As more and more boomers turn 60, attracting and retaining skilled workers will become increasingly critical for employers seeking to retain a competitive edge. Estimates are that by 2016, one-third (34%) of the total U.S. workforce is expected to be age 50 or older, up from 28 percent in 2007.

The AARP Best Employers awards recognize innovative organizations that offer policies and practices that appeal to workers 50+, including flexible work options, training/learning opportunities, competitive health and retirement benefits, and age-neutral performance and appraisal systems. Now entering its ninth year, the AARP Best Employers honored 50 employers last year, including TriHealth Inc. of Cincinnati ( and Jennings Center for Older Adults in Garfield Heights (

Any employer with at least 50 employees and based in the United States is eligible to apply to the AARP Best Employers for Workers Over 50 awards program. This includes for-profit companies, not-for-profit organizations, educational institutions and local, state and federal government bodies. Cornell University (Ithaca, NY) finished first in the 2008 Best Employer search.

An independent research firm and a panel of judges comprised of national experts score applicants. Final ranking is based on these scores after review by AARP. All employers who apply for the award receive valuable workforce management information and feedback about their application.