The Age Forward Employer Awards – an initiative of the MassHire Cape & Islands Workforce Board and MassHire Cape & Islands Career Center in partnership with Elder Services of Cape Cod and the Islands — honor employers who recognize the value of older workers and maximize the potential of their workers as they age.
By embracing the multigenerational workplace as an opportunity, these visionaries use innovation, flexibility and creative talent management to stay ahead. They also realize that hiring, retaining and using older workers strategically can solve a variety of pressing problems business owners face.
Age forward strategies directly support and utilize the talents of older workers, but these strategies benefit all workers. Age forward strategies have helped employers lower costs, boost productivity, spark new business, and better align their products and services with Cape Cod’s booming older adult consumer market.
Some businesses don’t realize they’re age forward. Age-forward practices include:
- flex hours and telecommuting
- phased retirement
- encouraging mentor relationships
- wellness programs
- recruiting older workers
- cross-training all workers
- allowing employees to swap shifts
- creating new paths of advancement within a business
- redesigning jobs to accommodate changing physical abilities
- enlisting older workers to strategically retain and transfer a business’s networks and knowledge across generations
- rewarding employees who model work ethic and emotional intelligence for others
- ensuring that training and development opportunities are offered to workers of all ages
Winners of this year’s competition will be featured in a brief documentary film and honored at an awards breakfast on September 24, 2019. Watch a video about last year’s winners below.
Join us in exploring techniques and strategies for achieving this inclusion at the
Workforce for the Future
Coming in May 2020
Offered free of charge to employers, business owners, and human resource professionals
Business leaders are sounding the alarm about worker and skills shortages, yet Cape Cod is home to an under-utilized and often untapped potential labor force of semi, reluctantly, or prematurely retired individuals who would welcome employment. Research shows that as people are living longer, they increasingly want or need to work longer. In Barnstable County, over 30% of the workforce is over 55 and that number is growing. Now is the time to think about and plan for a workforce that will be multigenerational and trend older.
The workforce that will grow our local economy in the future will be one that is fully inclusive of everyone who wants and is prepared to work, sometimes in non-traditional occupations or settings.