FOR ENCORE EMPLOYERS

Jim Fischer, a former nonprofit leader and Florida transplant, found his encore career as the executive director at Habitat for Humanity of Lake-Sumter. Now half of the group’s employees are over 50. “Don’t do it because you think it’s a good idea,” Fischer advises. “Do it because you’re hiring people who have the skills that fit the job best.”

Even in today’s challenging economic times, especially in today’s challenging times, nonprofits and government agencies are taking advantage of the experience and talent of encore workers to solve serious social problems. In this section employers will find tips and advice on how to recruit experienced workers and how to help their employers transition to encore careers.

  • Read the stories of organizations honored for tapping encore talent
  • Learn about the rewards and benefits of a multigenerational work force
  • Find out why labor economists predict talent shortages in health care, education, environmental and nonprofit jobs

FEATURED EMPLOYERS

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The Executive Services Corps of Chicago helps nonprofits “between directors” by offering a pool of experienced former directors willing to take short-term assignments

At Civitan Foundation in Phoenix, caregivers over 50
bring compassion to individuals with developmental disabilities

In Minneapolis, “elders” in Native American communities
teach children native languages that are in danger of disappearing

HOST AN ENCORE FELLOW

Find out what’s involved in working with an Encore Fellow who brings a wealth of experience to tackle a significant project.

CREATE AN ENCORE FELLOWS PROGRAM

The Encore Fellowships Network makes it as easy to start, sponsor and operate an effective Encore Fellowships program in your community or organization.

Learn what employers have to say about working with Encore Fellows.

ADVICE FOR EMPLOYERS

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Learn 10 ideas to help employers tap encore talent

Find out how to make your workplace more flexible for workers of all ages

Discover how "reverse mentoring" can make your organization more effective

RESOURCES FOR EMPLOYERS

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Rewards at Work: Inspiring Productive Employees Across Career Stages – Nonprofits that aren't able to pay higher salaries can find ways to attract employees.

After the Recovery: Help Needed – The Coming Labor Shortage and How People in Encore Careers Can Help Solve It

Tapping Encore Talent – A MetLife Foundation and Encore.org Survey of Nonprofit Employers

Boomers Are Ready for Nonprofits, But Are Nonprofits Ready for Boomers? – A report from the Conference Board

Capturing Experience: How People 50+ Can Help Your Organization – An interactive online tutorial for nonprofit employers

The Center on Aging & Work at Boston College – A research center committed to engaging the broader business community in the implementation of flexible work options for older workers

Arizona Certifies 'Mature Worker Friendly' Employers – Arizona is giving a stamp of approval to employers that want to tap the experience and passion of older workers

Working Longer: New Strategies for Managing, Training, & Retaining Older Employees – A guide that includes research, worksheets and recommended resources to improve utilization of older workers

EMPLOYERS SPEAK UP

What do nonprofit employers say about hiring encore workers? Check out this recent survey

THE BENEFITS OF A MULTIGENERATIONAL WORKFORCE

Unlike any other time in history, people from four generations are on the job together. Encore.org, with support from MetLife Foundation, commissioned three essays exploring today’s multigenerational workforce.