McDonald’s has partnered with AARP and the AARP Foundation in a “first-of-its-kind collaboration” that teams the food-industry giant with a large potential workforce as the summer hiring season heats up.
The move makes sense for both parties: McDonald’s is looking to hire upwards of 250,000 employees for the summer months, and AARP’s job board reaches the fastest-growing segment of the workforce (age 55 and over), according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The new arrangement will link McDonald’s employment listings to AARP’s job board, while also ensuring a commitment to AARP’s employer pledge, which seeks to build and maintain a diverse-age workforce.
According to CNBC, 11% of McDonald’s workers are 50 and older, while 40% are teenagers; however, hiring from the swelling ranks of experienced older workers appeals to a company seeking to fill so many positions in the coming months.
Both companies expressed enthusiasm about the new partnership. AARP’s vice president of financial resiliency Susan Weinstock believes everyone stands to gain. “We know that employees and employers across all industries succeed when they remain committed in words and in action to hiring and maintaining an age-diverse workforce,” she said in a McDonald’s press release.
“Integrating these workers with their younger staff can often bring unexpected benefits.”