Age Smart Employer Award Winner Lee Spring Profiled in the NYT

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Kerry Hannon's piece about the 2017 Age Smart Employer Award program appeared in the New York Times.  Conceived and directed by Ruth Finkelstein, the Age Smart Employer Awards were given in January at a Rainbow Room ceremony to employers whose policies and practices favor the retention of workers of all ages.  To read more about the awards, see our projects.

Here's an excerpt from Kerry Hannon's article:

Two age groups, 65 to 74 years old and 75 and older, are projected to have faster annual rates of labor force growth than that of any others, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Over the decade from 2014 to 2024, the labor force growth rate for 65- to 74-year-olds is expected to be about 4.5 percent annually, and about 6.4 percent annually for those 75 and older. One hitch: In some workplaces, negative attitudes pervade about the cost of older workers, their stamina, their technological ability and their enthusiasm for learning new ways of doing things.

A rising number of role-model employers, however, are hiring, retaining and supporting workers over 50. Lee Spring was among 13 businesses and nonprofits based in New York City that recently received Age Smart Employer Awards through the program, now in its third year, that is a project of the Columbia Aging Center at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.