AARP Releases Top 50 Employers for Baby Boomers; Media Companies Noticeably Absent

We have to admit, we’re a little jealous. Although the nation’s top 50 employers for boomers has been announced, the coveted perks seem pretty enticing regardless of your demographic.

Telecommuting? Check. Flexible work schedules? Check. Retirement planning services? Oh yeah. Free health care benefits? Sign us up!

As pointed out in MarketWatch, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and AARP compiled the list which includes employers who offer enviable perks while actively recruiting and retaining baby boomers. And we would be remiss if we didn’t point out we didn’t see any media companies on the list. Hmmm.

The numbers tell all. The National Institutes of Health ranked numero uno on the list and get this — 47 percent of their employees are older than 50! Their hiring strategy includes participating at an annual job fair geared toward the 50-plus crowd and alerting recent retirees of new jobs.

Second place on the list belongs to Scripps Health, a San Diego-based health care system. Their recruiting strategy includes hiring former employees (as HR folks call ’em: “Boomerangs”), through its alumni program. Plus, they use placement agencies that focus efforts on mature workers.

Without further ado, here are the top 10 employers on the list:

1. National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bethesda, Md.

2. Scripps Health, San Diego

3. Atlantic Health System, Morristown, N.J.

4. University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas

5. Mercy Health System, Janesville, Wis.

6. YMCA of Greater Rochester, Rochester, N.Y

7. West Virginia University, Morgantown, W.Va.

8. Bon Secours Virginia, Richmond, Va.

9. National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, Arlington, Va.

10. WellStar Health System, Marietta, Ga.