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Companies start to woo older workers with perks | Marketplace Economy

9 December 2013—Dr. Pitt-Catsouphes, director at Boston College’s Center on Aging and Work shared her thoughts about Employment Experiences of Today's Older Workers.

...Other industries like retail, banking, and transportation are also courting older employees, according to Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes, director of the Sloan Center on Aging and Work at Boston College. Companies now provide everything from babysitting services for grandkids to training in new skills. She says they want to ensure their older employees are coming to work engaged, but also “interested in keeping their skills up-to-date.”

It may be logical, but it’s still not the norm for many businesses to woo older workers. And those that are on the case aren’t doing it purely out of altruism, Pitt-Catsouphes says.

"Certainly a sweet spot for most employers is to do something that demonstrates sort of an ethics if you will, but also has some sound business sense to it."

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