Sozial-Holding der Stadt Mönchengladbach GmbH: 2014 AARP Best Employers International Award Recipient
Publish Date: October
Sozial-Holding der Stadt Mönchengladbach GmbH
Location: Mönchengladbach, Germany
Employees: 706; Percentage of age 50-plus employees: 42.5 percent
Sozial-Holding der Stadt Mönchengladbach GmbH has been previously recognized by AARP Best Employers International. Sozial-Holding was recognized in 2009 and 2010.
Sozial-Holding der Stadt Mönchengladbach GmbH, founded in 1996, is a 100 percent owned subsidiary of the City of Mönchengladbach and combines five subsidiaries under its umbrella. Sozial-Holding coordinates community care services for older adults and other care services and is active in the fields of employment promotion, labor exchange, and vocational training. It has over 700 employees across its subsidiaries.
As part of its human resources policy, Sozial-Holding assumes that an integrated approach to employing older workers will give the organization a competitive advantage over rival companies. The company’s Workplace Health Promotion Program offers orientation for new employees, workplace health analyses, and health courses, all supported by a certified health advisor. The new employee orientation emphasizes opportunities to guard and improve health; workplace analyses are made to examine the strains on the individual employee, and lead frequently to workplace improvements and new initiatives (e.g., routine breaks during the day to prevent back problems).
Retirement interviews and a mentoring program have been developed specifically for older and/or retired employees. Older employees facing retirement are counseled by the CEO of Sozial-Holding about retirement and possibilities to stay employed with a mini-job. The counseling interview is optional, though most employees elect to participate. Nearly two-thirds of older staff and retirees accept mini-jobs, which may entail work different than their previous job. Some opt to continue working in mini-jobs for financial reasons, others simply because they enjoy working or want younger employees to benefit from their knowledge and experience.