AARP: SC Johnson Best Employer for Workers Over 50

September 25, 2007 ( - Wisconsin-based SC Johnson topped the AARP's 2007 List of Best Employers for Workers Over 50, ousting Mercy Health System of Janesville, Wisconsin from its lead spot.

According to a press release about the rankings, the consumer goods company offers a range of flexible work arrangements that enable workers to balance their professional and personal lives.

The company provides generous health benefits, including an onsite medical center and various wellness, fitness and recreation programs; an onsite education program that provides lifelong learning and college credits; and paid sabbaticals to experienced employees. The company also offers comprehensive financial benefits and retirement planning tools.

The not-for-profit Mercy Health System took the second place spot in this year’s ranking. AARP noted the company’s variety of alternative work arrangement, including nursing “float” options (working at different facilities or departments), and “seasonal work” programs that allow employees to go on leave for lengthy periods while maintaining benefits eligibility.

The top 10 contenders on the AARP’s list are here:

  • SC Johnson (Racine, Wisconsin)
  • Mercy Health System (Janesville, Wisconsin)
  • First Horizon National Corporation (Memphis, Tennessee)
  • Scripps Health (San Diego, California)
  • Consultants (Muscatine, Iowa)
  • Lee Memorial Health System (Fort Myers, Florida)
  • Regional Medical Center & The Villages Regional Hospital (Leesburg, Florida)
  • Mason University (Fairfax, Virginia)
  • Principal Financial Group (Des Moines, Iowa)
  • Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston, Massachusetts)

AARP The Magazine will feature the Best Employers winners in its November-December issue. AARP invites employers to apply for the Best Employers honor by submitting an application outlining their exemplary policies and practices toward 50 and over workers.