Southern Power is constantly working to connect, inform and grow our people. We promote employee engagement and development and strive to advance a culture that values, connects and energizes employees by promoting a culture where everyone brings their authentic self.
At the core of Southern Power employees is Our Values: Safety First, Unquestionable Trust, Superior Performance and Total Commitment – it’s the spirit of our team at Southern Power. Keeping these values at the forefront allows our employees to be a part of an innovative team, where every voice matters and support in and out of the office is unmatched. We value a healthy work-life balance and invite each employee to come to the table with ideas, delivering unique value to the company.
Our Code of Ethics defines our culture. It applies to all of us and challenges us to treat each other with honesty, fairness and respect. As an employee of Southern Power and Southern Company, we have a responsibility to uphold that strong reputation through the decisions we make. We have corporate policies and guidelines that are designed to ensure that we make good decisions that are in keeping with Our Values.
As a part of the company’s commitment to attracting, developing and empowering a diverse and inclusive workforce, Southern Power formed an employee-led and management-supported Inclusion Action Team. The team’s mission is to advance a culture that values, connects and energizes employees by promoting diversity and inclusion.
The Inclusion Action Team provides Southern Power employees with opportunities to celebrate culture, support our communities and connect with one another.
Each year the Inclusion Action Team hosts a cultural potluck lunch in the Birmingham and Atlanta offices that celebrates employees’ unique backgrounds and diverse cultures. Participants prepared food from all over the world and enjoyed an afternoon away from their desks, eating a delicious meal and hanging out with their colleagues.
Members of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) visited Southern Power in June to learn more about the business.
This group served as mentor-instructors for students in NSBE’s Summer Engineering Experience for Kids (SEEK) held in Birmingham. SEEK, the nation’s largest summer program geared toward African Americans and other students from groups underrepresented in engineering. The free, three-week program provided hands-on, team-based engineering design activities for students in grades three through five.
While visiting with the hosts from Southern Power, the mentors were treated to breakfast, an overview of the company, tour of the Energy Center, a visit to the Smart Home and a Birmingham Barons baseball game.
“It’s important within any role to see that you’re valued, and we were proud to offer this experience for the SEEK mentors,” said Elise Ferrer, wholesale marketing analyst in commercial optimization and trading and chair of the NSBE SEEK Core team from Birmingham. “I think they appreciated seeing how much we valued what they’re doing to make our community better.” The SEEK Program’s goal is to increase elementary school students' aptitude in math and science, and their interest in pursuing STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) career fields, by having them engage in interactive, team-based engineering projects.
The SEEK Program utilizes a hands-on design curriculum supplied by various educational curriculum companies and corporate sponsors. Students worked in teams, using their knowledge to solve problems and create products while discovering the underlying math and science principles involved in these processes. Every Friday, the students put their knowledge to the test by participating in three fun-filled competitions.
Among other projects, the students were able to build wind turbines and learn how they work. Then, they were also taught how to use a wind turbine to charge a battery.
“I never had an opportunity like this as a kid,” said Britny Lockridge, an engineer in renewable operations and member of the NSBE SEEK Core team. “You can see the kids and their parents get so enthusiastic about what they’re learning; it’s very rewarding,”
Southern Power employees volunteered in several ways this year. They assisted in planning the event by coordinating funds and recruiting volunteers. Southern Power volunteers supported the parent orientation event and the weekly activity-based competition during the program. Alabama Power is also a key sponsorship contributor for the event.
Southern Power’s Plant Franklin Safety Committee hosted a health and safety fair for employees, their families and contractors last month to boost awareness about the benefits of healthy lifestyle choices.
The natural gas facility in Smiths Station, Ala., kicked off the month of July with wellness physicals for all plant employees and ended the month with a family-friendly health and safety fair where local vendors alongside Southern Company vendors were available to discuss health, wellness, and safety on the job, at home and in the community.
“This year, our Safety First theme was ‘The Best Me I Can Be,’ and the safety fair was definitely a good way to promote the importance of safety, health and wellness at work and at home,” said Ethel Pate, senior chemical technician at Plant Franklin.
The Smiths Station Fire Department was onsite giving tours of the fire truck and demonstrations of their fire-fighting gear. The Lee County Sheriff Department performed a demonstration with their K-9 unit. Redmond Health provided important health testing including blood pressure checks, and heart and stroke assessments.
Safety vendors showcased a variety of PPE options, including new products, gloves, eyewear and tips to staying hydrated.
Along with the local vendors, Southern Company vendors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Delta Dental, MetLife, New Directions, Fusion Health SleepCharge, Asset Health, Inc., and Merrill Lynch were onsite to talk with employees about the many health, mental wellness, financial services and benefits available through Southern Company. The fair even featured a kids zone with fun ways to cool off and play games.
“The event was a total team effort; everyone contributed to its success,” said Pate. “We want to extend a special congratulations to Chris Funk, operations technician, who won our ‘The Best Me I Can Be’ competition.”
We believe the safety of our employees is paramount. We will perform and maintain every job, every day, safely.
Honest, respect, fairness and integrity drive our business. We keep our promises and ethical behavior is our standard.
We are dedicated to superior performance throughout our business. We will continue our strong focus on innovative solutions, improving how we run our business and our commitment to environmental stewardship.
We are committed to the success of our employees, our shareholders and our communities. We fully embrace, respect, and value our differences and diversity.