Social Responsibility

Throughout its history, Southern Company has developed and sustained a highly skilled and stable workforce. For its approximately 26,000 employees, the average age is 46 with an average tenure of 17 years, and turnover of about 4.2 percent in 2012. A stable and highly competent workforce has fueled the company's superior performance in reliability, customer satisfaction and shareholder return. Our deep skills and high percentage of long-tenured employees are evidence of our success in providing a desirable workplace with competitive pay and benefits and ongoing development opportunities. People come to Southern Company for a career, not just a job.

Southern Company employees bring a strong sense of commitment to the job. Results of the 2012 employee engagement survey show that 92 percent of the workforce has a high level of engagement. Our overall scores are above utility and general industry benchmarks.

Southern Company is readying itself for workforce transitions brought on by a large segment of the employee population becoming eligible for retirement. We must continue to attract, develop and retain skilled workers to ensure reliable supplies of affordable electricity. To do this, we focus on providing a variety of programs designed to meet the needs of our tenured workforce as well as attracting the emerging workforce of the future. These programs include pay and benefit programs, recruitment and retention initiatives, leadership and employee development programs and diversity and inclusion strategies.

People Priority

Valuing & developing our employees is one of Southern Company's top five priorities. The people priority states that we will elevate performance in our people and culture through the following ways:

  • Continue to demonstrate safety first in everything we do - Target Zero
  • Develop leaders and employees at all levels
  • Increase accountability with our performance management efforts
  • Leverage diversity in every aspect of the business
  • Cultivate an innovative culture throughout Southern Company

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