There are plenty of people in the Kansas workforce who have continued to play key roles in the Kansas economy as a whole and in the economic well-being of their employers long after they have reached the age when most people are thinking about retirement.
Every year, The Kansas Department of Commerce and the Older Worker Task Force honor some of those people through the Older Worker Awards program. Nominations this year will be accepted through March 31.
Who is eligible?
Honorees will include older workers who are employed in both public and private sector jobs, and businesses and companies that regularly employ workers age 55 and older.
The Older Worker Awards ceremony will be held at 10:30 a.m. on April 24 at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, 1515 Southwest 10th Avenue, Topeka, Kan. 66605.
Nomination forms are available at KansasCommerce.com/OlderWorkers. For more information about the ceremony contact Susan Weidenbach at 785-296-7842 or email her at [email protected].
There are three categories for nominees.
The Outstanding Older Worker award bestows appreciation on an older worker who demonstrates outstanding qualities of leadership, dedication and commitment. Nominations are open to the general public. Nominees must be 55 years or older, residents of Kansas and working at least 20 hours a week in paid employment. Previous winners are not eligible.
The Oldest Worker Award celebrates the tenacity and fortitude of the experienced worker and is awarded on the basis of age of those working for pay. Previous winners are not eligible.
Finally, the Employer of the Older Worker Award bestows appreciation on a business that promotes, recruits, retains and develops experienced workers, and provides a positive and friendly work environment for older workers.