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CVS Health sets sights on recruiting older workers

BY David Salazar

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — In an effort to differentiate itself, CVS Health is looking to tap into the 24.8% of the workplace the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects will be aged 55 years and older by 2024. The company — which currently has a workforce that is 24% older than 50 years of age — has announced that it’s actively recruiting older employees.

“Mature workers play an integral role in the culture at CVS Health by providing increased experience, dependability and a desire to learn new skills,” CVS Health VP workforce strategies and chief diversity officer David Casey said. “Some have been with the company for decades, while others joined our team more recently as a second or third career.”

Among the company’s efforts around mature workers is its Talent Is Ageless initiative, which was created to recruit and retain employees aged 50 years and older by cultivating public and private partnerships. Among the partnerships are such organizations as the American Society on Aging, Experience Works and AARP, among others.

Casey also highlighted having a workforce that contains substantial amounts of mature workers as uniquely positioning CVS Health as a boon for its customer service.

“We know that 9% of Americans aged 65 and older are using at least one prescription drug a month, and 40% use at least five,” he said. “So as we see the baby boomer generation age, having colleagues across the company who can personally relate to these customers and patients is a differentiator for us.”

The Talent is Ageless program also allows for such modifications as telecommuting, flextime, job sharing and compressed work weeks as a way to help mature workers stay in the workplace through its Alternate Work Arrangements program.

“By looking for new ways to integrate the wants and needs of mature workers into our culture, we can ensure that everyone has a place within our company,” Casey said.

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D.MILLER says:
Aug-12-2017 12:06 pm

Have been with CVS 41 years. Have held various positions Assistant Manager, Manager (35 years) and my last 5 years as a Shift Supervisor (by choice). Over 4 decades looking back I find the baby boomer era as having the best work ethic. Yes at times you can find a diamond in the ruff that weighs up to the boomers. My experience appears to be an asset to my manager as he is always asking advice on how I would handle various situations. My Regional Manager, District Manager, Loss Prevention Manager and Store manager don't want me to pull the plug and totally leave. Because of my age I have never been asked to retire instead I was asked to stay a couple days a week, which I decided to do. I'm a people person and guess I would miss the interaction with customers and employees.

D.ROBERTS says:
Aug-11-2017 09:41 am

What a nice way to add a different perspective to CVS' workforce. And a fresh viewpoint when other company's leadership consider older employees not part of the future of the company.

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SE Grocers takes ‘interim’ out of president, CEO’s title

BY Michael Johnsen

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Southeastern Grocers on Thursday named Anthony Hucker president and CEO, effective immediately. Hucker has served as interim president and CEO since July 1, 2017.

"We are pleased to welcome Anthony as CEO of Southeastern Grocers as he was always part of our succession plan," the company stated. "He has played an integral role in our successful transformation over the last 18 months and we are positive he is the right leader to guide SEG.  Anthony brings significant industry expertise, and we are confident that he will continue to improve the business to the benefit of our dedicated customers across the Southeast."

Before joining SEG, Hucker was president and COO of Schnucks, based in St. Louis, one of the largest privately held supermarket chains in the U.S.  Hucker also held the position of president of Giant Food, based in Washington, the Mid-Atlantic's premier grocery store chain and served on the executive board of Ahold USA.

Prior to joining Giant Food, Hucker spent seven years at Wal-Mart in a variety of leadership positions, internationally and domestically. He began as the CIO of the Americas, formed the Global Format Development Division and was promoted to head of strategy and business development for Wal-Mart USA.

Hucker has also worked for 10 years with Aldi, a leader in the grocery retailing industry, where he served in a variety of leadership assignments in Germany, the U.S. and Austria, and was part of the original startup leadership team that set up Aldi UK.

"I'm grateful to our leadership team for the smooth transition over the past six weeks and I'm excited for the opportunity to continue to drive the strategic direction of the company. I'm humbled and honored to lead our team of more than 50,000 associates who are our greatest assets, putting our customers first, always," Hucker said.  "Over the past two years, we've made substantial progress in our transformation, and we're ready to push forward."  
 

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MinuteClinic opens 5 new NYC locations

BY David Salazar

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health’s MinuteClinic has opened five new locations three of New York City’s five boroughs. Two of the new clinics are in Brooklyn, two are in Manhattan and one is located in Queens. All are located inside of CVS Pharmacy locations.

“Our new clinics will help increase access to high-quality, affordable health care in areas that are convenient for New Yorkers who live and work nearby,” CVS Health EVP and MinuteClinic executive director Sharon Vitti said. “We’re excited to introduce even more New York City patients to MinuteClinic’s growing suite of health care services and we look forward to bringing innovations and convenience to the way health care is delivered to the community.”

The new locations will be open seven days a week, offering patients appointments with nurse practitioners specializing in family health care who can diagnose and treat acute such acute conditions as strep throat, as well as ear, eye, sinus, bladder and bronchial infections. They also can treat minor wounds and abrasions, sprains, strains and joint pain, as well as administer such vaccinations as influenza, tetanus, pneumonia and hepatitis A&B. MinuteClinic also offers prevention and wellness screening, including monitoring for diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, tuberculosis testing, contraceptive care, motion sickness prevention and smoking cessation. In addition, the nurse practitioners can evaluate and treat common skin conditions, such as acne, dermatitis and rosacea.

Most services cost between $89 and $129, and patients can use a digital tool to view the wait times at their preferred location.

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