National Grid receives Age Smart Employer Award

By Darlene Masse

Ed Hayes, US Vice President, Talent Acquisition, for National Grid, accepts the award on behalf of the company

As part of our focus on our people, National Grid offers programs and practices that support our employees of all ages. In a ceremony in New York City yesterday, we were recognized and honored for those practices with an Age Smart Employer Award from Columbia University.

National Grid was one of six companies that received the award. “The Age Smart Employers are leaders – ahead of the curve – adopting practices that make work work for their employees,” said Dr. Ruth Finkelstein, Associate Director of the Columbia Aging Center and founder of the awards. “So many of these practices help older, experienced workers stay on the job (or join the firm) and help younger workers, too.”

The award selection committee, composed of New York City leaders in business, workforce development, and academia, considered 100 applicants for the award and looked at 10 employment practices that support an age smart workplace, including:

  • Great benefits
  • Opportunities for advancement
  • Responsiveness to employees’ ideas to improve the physical work environment
  • A culture and atmosphere that demonstrates workers are valued
  • Training at all career levels
  • Educational opportunities
  • Flexible work arrangements
  • Job restructuring to accommodate employees’ changing needs
  • Phased retirement
  • Work or volunteer opportunities for retirees

Watch this video to learn more about the awards and each of the winners …(The focus on National Grid starts at 3:48)

Keith Hutchison, SVP, US HR and Chief Diversity Officer shares his view on Twitter …

Congratulations to all of the companies honored during the ceremony!

One Comment

Lissette Lugo

One more under our belt. National Grid is proving why we are an Employer of Choice!

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