AARP Recognizes VCU for Treatment of Older Workers
Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2007
For the third consecutive year, AARP has named Virginia Commonwealth University one of the
"Best Employers for Workers over 50" in the United
AARP announced Tuesday that VCU ranked No.
30 on its list of the top 50 employers nationwide for fairness of policies and
practices toward older workers. VCU was judged in categories such as
recruiting, workplace culture, continued opportunities, health benefits,
financial benefits, alternative work arrangements, opportunities for retirees
and the age of its workforce.
that take a world-class approach in their policies toward 50 and over workers
understand that the result is more productive employees," said AARP State
Director Bill Kallio. "Focusing on the employee's personal needs pays
over the age of 50 account for 37 percent of the workforce at VCU. The average
tenure of employees 50-plus is 15.1 years. Cindy Andrews, executive director of
human resources for VCU, said older workers are an integral part of the VCU
ensures that older workers not only have the right resources to thrive in the
workplace, but that they have the flexibility they need," Andrews said. "Most
of the benefits that AARP has cited for this award are also available to our
younger workers at VCU, but they can be particularly beneficial for workers who
are over the age of 50."
singled out for praise VCU's Community Service Leave program, which provides
paid leave to employees so that they can volunteer at their children's school
or participate in voluntary community service organizations.
said VCU employees benefit from the university's many assets. For instance, a
partnership between the human resources department and VCU Department of Gerontology has resulted
in a series of pre-retirement seminars on life after work, touching on topics
such as taking care of elderly parents.
Paine, who works in the data evaluation department of the Health Practitioners
Intervention Program at VCU, said the Eldercare Support Group at VCU was extremely
helpful for her when her mother was struggling through cancer treatments. Human
resources staff members explained available programs and benefits, such as a
pool of donated leave time that employees can use to care for family members or
themselves, and they maintained regular contact to check on her.
elder care support group was there when I had questions – when I didn't know
where to turn, didn't know who to ask," Paine said.
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization that helps people 50
and older have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and
affordable to them and society as a whole.
About VCU and VCU Medical Center
Virginia Commonwealth University is a major, urban public research university with national and international rankings in sponsored research. Located in downtown Richmond, VCU enrolls more than 31,000 students in 223 degree and certificate programs in the arts, sciences and humanities. Sixty-eight of the programs are unique in Virginia, many of them crossing the disciplines of VCU’s 13 schools and one college. MCV Hospitals and the health sciences schools of Virginia Commonwealth University comprise VCU Medical Center, one of the nation’s leading academic medical centers. For more, see www.vcu.edu.