Magazine article Management Review

AARP Provides New Database on Older Workers

Magazine article Management Review

AARP Provides New Database on Older Workers

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The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) in Washington, D.C., offers employers a computerized database that lists exemplary older-worker programs. The National Older Workers Information System, or NOWIS, contains the names of companies that have proven ideas for using the experiences and skills of midlife and older workers, descriptions of those programs and company contacts.

Originally developed by the University of Michigan's Institute of Gerontology, the database was updated by AARP over the past three years and made available in February. More than 150 companies are listed, and topics include part-time and full-time opportunities, retraining for new job challenges, redesigning jobs for a changing workforce, transitioning to retirement, job sharing, retirement benefits, rehiring retirees and more.


The following are examples of programs detailed in NOWIS:

* Texas Refinery Corp. (TRC), Fort Worth, Texas. TRC has an age-neutral recruiting policy. The company considers talent, self-motivation and life experience when hiring for its 3,000-member sales force. Approximately 500 salespeople are in their 60s, 70s and 80s. Hired as independent contractors, most work part-time to supplement Social Security benefits. TRC says older workers are highly motivated and more loyal and reliable than many other workers.

* Enercom Inc., Atlanta, Ga. In the "Lend a Helping Hand" program, more than 275 Enercom employees age 65 and older weatherize homes of Georgia Power Co. …

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