People are living longer, and working longer, too.

In New York City, 700,000 workers are over 55 —18% of the workforce. Many will work well past traditional retirement age. Employers need guidance on how to create a workplace that encourages different generations to work productively and profitably side-by-side.

The Age Smart Employer Awards – an initiative of the Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center and The New York Academy of Medicine, funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation – aims to address this need by researching and identifying best practices, honoring employers who value workers of all ages, and supporting businesses looking to maximize the potential of their workers as they age. Read more…

What is an Age Smart Employer?


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Age Smart Industry Guides:
How NYC Small Businesses Use Older Workers to Solve their Staffing Challenges


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Small businesses are NYC’s largest employer. In 2014 and 2015, we asked 100+ small business owners and advisors about their older workers. Time and time again we heard stories of workers who are critical to a business’s operations and survival. Owners also told us that paying special attention to retaining and hiring older workers is one of the simplest solutions to common staffing challenges they face, like frequent worker turnover, skill shortages and succession planning.

The Age Smart Industry Guides: How NYC Small Businesses Use Older Workers to Solve their Staffing Challenges  are the result of these conversations. They are filled with peer-to-peer advice on solving staffing challenges and thinking about age as an asset when building a small business team. Businesses in the guide come from all boroughs and include city landmarks, neighborhood stalwarts and up and coming destinations. Special online features include an interactive map and more in-depth business profilesDownload Full Guides here.


Age Smart Employer Awards 2015

Have you retained workers for many years? Do you value your workers of all ages?

the-award_66Apply for the 2015 Age Smart Employer Awards.  Last year’s winners were featured in national and local news and one was invited to the White House.

The Age Smart Employer Awards—an initiative of the Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center and The New York Academy of Medicine, funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation— addresses the needs of both businesses and older workers by:

  • Researching best practices of NYC employers, especially small businesses
  • Honoring employers who value workers of all ages through an awards program
  • Supporting businesses interested in hiring and retaining older worker

 

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