Schneider National Inc. was named an AARP Featured Employer during an event in Washington, D.C. recognizing Schneider and 10 other U.S. companies committed to aggressively recruiting, hiring and retaining mature workers.
The Thursday, Nov. 17 AARP event expanded the organization’s Featured Employer program from 13 to 24 by recognizing 11 major companies that strive to help Americans ages 50 and over remain in the work force as desired. Since the program’s inception in February, nearly 500 companies have contacted AARP seeking to participate in the program. AARP has limited the program to a select group of 24, which now includes Schneider National.
Schneider National was selected based on its hiring practices, benefits and opportunities for mature workers. This year, 14 percent of Schneider’s newly hired employees were ages 50 and up, including 15 percent of the company’s professional truck drivers. Schneider also has hired mature workers for roles in operations management, sales, information technology, customer service, maintenance and others.
“One of the reasons Schneider National has been able to consistently grow over the past 70 years is because we’ve long recognized the skills and life experiences mature employees bring to their jobs,” says Christopher Lofgren, president and chief executive officer of Schneider National. “We fully embrace this segment of the work force. There’s no doubt they are critical to our ongoing success.”
Schneider is the first transportation and logistics company to be recognized by AARP.
“American business is facing a new reality,” says AARP CEO Bill Novelli. “As more and more workers reach traditional retirement age, there are not enough new workers to replace them. We are working with forward-thinking companies who value older workers to offset labor and knowledge gaps. This is a winning strategy for American business, for the older workers themselves and for our national economy.”