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SHRM-AARP press release on 2013 AARP Best Employers Award Winners
This June 17, 2013 joint release highlights the 50 winning organizations of AARP’s Best Employers for Workers Over 50 Award, which SHRM co-sponsored. AARP and SHRM honored the winners at a ceremony in Chicago during SHRM’s 2013 Annual Conference.

List of 50 Best Employers Award Winners
Profiles of the 50 Award winners with summaries of their best practices for older workers. The 2013 winners are from a variety of sectors, including for-profit and nonprofit, health care, universities, financial services, construction, aerospace, and federal and county government.

Hank Jackson's congratulatory message to the 2013 award winners
SHRM’s CEO congratulated the 2013 Award winners via a message posted on the SHRM and AARP web sites and then congratulated them through personal remarks at the June 17 ceremony in Chicago honoring the winners.




AARP The Magazine August/September, 2013, Article “You Should Hire this Guy”
This article by Nathaniel Reade focuses on the strengths that older workers offer to employers and outlines the hiring practices of the top ten employers honored with AARP’s 2013 Best Employers for Workers Over 50 Award.

HR Magazine August, 2013, Cover Article "Invest in Older Workers"
This article by Robert J. Grossman highlights best practices of several winning organizations of AARP’s 2013 Best Employers for Workers Over 50 Award.

Benefits for Older Workers
Article by Tamara Lytle in the March, 2012, issue of HR Magazine. It includes a long quote by AARP CEO, Barry Rand, highlighting his view that not enough corporate leaders today recognize the advantages of older workers as part of their diverse workforces. The article also includes best practices and quotes by senior executives of Scripps Health and the Rochester YMCA, two of AARP’s 2011 Best Employer Award winners.

Rand: Keep Experienced Workers from Walking Out the Door
February 1, 2012, opinion piece by AARP CEO, A. Barry Rand, on SHRM’s Diversity Discipline Web Page. Mr. Rand advises HR professionals to make a strong business case to their organizations’ top management for the need to retain and engage experienced older workers. He also outlines eight key  elements of a solid older worker strategy that HR professionals should implement as soon as possible

Smart Employers Recognize that Keeping Mature Employees on Board is a Winning Strategy
February, 2012, article on the AARP Employer Resource Center Web Page. It explores several options HR professionals should consider to help them retain and engage older workers. Several other articles can be found on the same AARP web page.

Avoiding the Boomer Drain
November, 2011, HR Magazine column by SHRM CEO, Hank Jackson, describing the challenge for the U.S economy of impending retirements by older employees and the need for HR leadership to retain and attract these employees.


Will I Ever Work Again?
Article in November, 2011, AARP Bulletin, with case studies of unemployed older workers and a section with tips by SHRM CEO, Hank Jackson, to improve older candidates’ chances of landing a job.


Five Ways to Prove Your Worth
November, 2011, AARP The Magazine piece on ways older workers can prepare themselves for today’s job market, including advice by Hank Jackson and a section on the winning organizations in AARP’s 2011 Best Employers for Workers over 50 Awards.




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In July, 2010, the CEOs of the Society for Human Resource Management and AARP – Hank Jackson and A. Barry Rand – launched a new partnership to increase awareness of issues facing older workers and to provide strategies and resources to address those issues.
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HR and the Aging Workforce:  Two CEO Points of View
October, 2010, special insert in HR Magazine with articles by Hank Jackson and A. Barry Rand, giving their perspectives on the challenges of an aging workforce for the U.S. economy and the role of the SHRM-AARP Partnership in raising awareness about those issues.




SHRM-AARP Strategic Workforce Planning Poll (April, 2012)
Follow-up research to the 2010 joint SHRM-AARP poll.  The new poll provides fresh data on the level of strategic workforce planning by U.S. organizations for the impact of baby boomer retirements.  It also analyzes the steps being taken by organizations to address this challenge and identifies the top perceived skills gaps between you and older workers.


SHRM-AARP Press Release on 2012 SHRM-AARP Strategic Workforce Planning Poll (April 9, 2012)
Describes the latest results of the 2012 joint poll, with quotes by SHRM and AARP CEOs, Hank Jackson and A. Barry Rand.



Assessment Tool Overview
SHRM is now co-sponsoring AARP’s free online Workforce Assessment Tool and is promoting its use among HR professionals as a cost-effective instrument for identifying potential skills gaps resulting from baby boomer retirements.

Quotes from Assessment Tool Users
More than 3,000 organizations have used the AARP Workforce Assessment Tool.  Read quotes from a few users who have found it especially valuable.

Take the Assessment Tool Survey
Log into the AARP-SHRM Workforce Assessment Tool at the link below and take the survey in about 40 minutes, which will give you a snapshot of your retirement-age workforce currently, as well as in 2015 and 2020.  Also, find out how you can improve your programs for your older workers in eight key areas.




November 12, 2013, AARP-SHRM Panel Discussion on “The Business Case for the 50+ Worker”
SHRM and its Rochester, New York chapter joined with AARP to honor the Greater Rochester YMCA, one of the winners of the 2013 AARP Best Employers for Workers Over 50 Award. The event included a keynote presentation by AARP, followed by a panel discussion on the value of older workers, with speakers from AARP, the Rochester YMCA, Rochester SHRM, and local business leaders.

November 14, 2013, SHRM-AARP Program in Honor of Two Houston Best Employers Award Winners
The Houston SHRM chapter and the AARP Texas state office organized a program to celebrate the selection of the MD Anderson Cancer Center and MEI Technologies as winners of the 2013 AARP Best Employers for Workers Over 50 Award and to highlight their older worker best practices. The program featured speakers from these two organizations, as well as representatives from SHRM, Houston SHRM, AARP, and the AARP Texas state office.

November 1, 2013, Learning Lunch co-sponsored by SHRM, AARP, and SHIFT
This event for Minnesota business leaders, entitled "The Experience Advantage: From Talent Cliff to Boomer Bridge," features a panel of experts on older worker issues. Among the panelists are representatives of AARP, SHRM, Hennepin County, MN, and Securian -- a leading financial services company and one of the winners of the 2013 AARP Best Employers for Workers Over 50 Award.

AARP-SHRM Webinar: “Talent Acquisition for an Age-Diverse Workforce”
This September 24, 2013, webinar features executives from three organizations honored with the 2013 AARP Best Employers Award for Workers Over 50. The executives from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Cornell University, and Michelin North America outline many of their older worker best practices and strategies.

 2013 SHRM Annual Conference Panel With AARP Best Employers Award
Jean Setzfand, AARP’s VP of Financial Security, moderated a concurrent session panel with executives from three 2013 AARP Best Employers Award winning organizations: Phil Lenowitz of the National Institutes of Health, Vic Buzachero of Scripps Health, and Denise Sheehan of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Jim Schultz, Board Chair of the SHRM Foundation and Chevron Corporation General Manager for Corporate & Services, also participated.




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