June 12, 2014

Three County Employers Honored for Hiring Older Workers

Three County employers were honored recently as the first recipients of the Experience Counts Awards for engaging innovative strategies to employ capable and talented older workers.

The National Institutes of Health, Sandy Spring Bank and Adventist HealthCare received the awards presented by Montgomery County, the Jewish Council for the Aging and the Workforce Investment Board at the 50+ Employment Expo held at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center.

The trio was recognized for strategies such as flexible/alternative work options; employee assistance programs that include elder care referrals; seminars and lectures that presented intergenerational differences; and using training formats that accommodate learning styles of older workers.

The annual free expo allowed the nearly 3,100 attendees over age 50 to meet with employers and attend seminars, get resume reviews, and go to an Internet Café where job seekers received help in searching the Internet, creating LinkedIn profiles and applying for positions online.

The Experience Counts awards will be presented annually. To join the distribution list for the 2015 call for nominations, email EC-Awards.ded@MontgomeryCountyMD.gov.