National Environment Agency (NEA): 2014 AARP Best Employer International Award Recipient
Publish Date: October
National Environment Agency (NEA)
Location: Singapore, Singapore
Employees: 3,869; Percentage of age 50-plus employees: 45 percent
The NEA has been previously recognized by AARP Best Employers International. The NEA was recognized in 2011.
The NEA is the leading public organization responsible for improving and sustaining a clean and green environment in Singapore. The NEA develops and spearheads environmental initiatives and programs through its partnership with the public and private sectors. Singapore has one of the fastest-aging populations in Asia. Over the years, labor and skills shortages have driven government policy to recruit foreign talent.
With respect to age management programs, the NEA is focused on the following “Five As” strategies:
1. Age-Neutral Recruitment
2. Active Lifelong Learning
3. Active Pre-Retirement Planning and Re-employment
4. Awards Based on Merits
5. Active and Healthy Learning
Extending Working Years
The NEA has been actively reemploying retired staff. Retired employees are offered reemployment for 3 years—up to the age of 65. In 2013, 545 employees were reemployed and 83 of them were reemployed beyond age 65.
Generation and Talent Management
The NEA champions lifelong learning for all staff regardless of age and encourage its employees to take advantage of training and development opportunities throughout their career. Mature employees are urged to attend training courses through the company’s Training and Sponsorship Program to enhance their versatility and employability in a globalizing world.
The NEA contends that mature employees are valuable assets in meeting the company’s objective of achieving environmental sustainability in Singapore and that they give the NEA a competitive edge in addressing a challenging employment landscape. Older employees are able to share their knowledge and experience, as well as train, consult, and mentor less skilled colleagues. Their acquired professional and social skills, their greater patience, and their better ability to communicate and connect with members of the public and key stakeholders, make older employees key assets to the agency. The NEA thus strives to create an age-friendly environment so that senior workers feel motivated to continue working.