Hi, all. This is Lenise. I am a new volunteer with AARP Illinois and I'm going to try my hand at blogging. Here is my first post. Tell me what you think.
One employee, who is 93, has been with the company for 9 years; another is 86 and has been with the company for more than 17 years. A "newbie" at 78 years young joined the company just two years ago. What makes this business model work? This generation can exit the mainstream workforce and free up the job market for those young college degree-toting 20-somethings; yet their experience, skills, and expertise are valued at companies like Vita. Many of the workers there have a strong desire to remain active, and with the rising cost of, well, everything, the additional income doesn't hurt.
This concept of "re-employment" is something the McDonalds Corporation has done for a long time, and it's duplication-worthy! Not all corporations can adopt this concept, but more should try it. Perhaps many jobs that have been outsourced could find their way back home.
To read more about this concept check out this book: The Older Worker Advantage: "Making the Most of an Aging Workforce by Gordon F. Shea and Adolf Haasen.