Our people are the power of Southern Company. Their energy enables us to build a brighter future for our customers and the communities we call home.

At Southern Company, we drive results by valuing different opinions, backgrounds and experiences, and by welcoming diverse points of view. We celebrate our progress and are committed to a diverse and inclusive organization.

- Sloane Drake, senior vice president of Human Resources

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Investing in Employees:

Our total rewards approach invests in the well-being of our employees through a comprehensive compensation and benefits strategy.

  • Physical well-being

  • Financial well-being

  • Emotional well-being

Attracting Talent:

Southern Company uses a variety of strategies to attract top talent.

Hiring Stats for 2018

1,769

New hires

24%

Women

39%

Minorities

33

Average age

Developing People:

We provide experiential development opportunities along with purposeful people moves. The continued evolution of Southern Company’s business is creating many opportunities for employees to enjoy a well-rounded, diverse career within the system.

Southern Company has given me a chance to develop by learning about and working on an incredible variety of topics. That I have been able to do that all within the same company feels pretty special.

- Fredie Carmichael

498

employees promoted to first-time supervisory roles.

746

employees transferred between subsidiaries.

Safety:

We put Safety First in our goal to complete “every job, every day, safely”. As our primary shared core value, Safety First governs everything we do.

Community:

Our employees serve our customers and communities through a steadfast commitment to Our Values.

  • Charitable Giving

  • Volunteering

  • Educational Initiatives

Meet some of our employees…

The Energy Behind the Energy: Jon Haygood

While studying industrial engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Jon Haygood decided to apply for Georgia Power’s co-op program to save money for medical school. What he didn’t realize is that he would end up serving seven co-op rotations, after which he was hired by Kim Greene, now CEO of Southern Company Gas, as an intern. Soon after, that position turned into his first full-time job at Southern Company.

“I’ve known Jon his entire career and he always brings unique, invaluable business perspective to the table,” said Greene. “He is a true example of Our Values and we are lucky to have him driving our success at Southern Company.”

Today, Haygood is the director of finance at Southern Company helping us achieve our overall financial objectives. But before joining the accounting, finance and treasury (AFT) organization, Haygood left the company in 2002 with plans to attend medical school. Little did he know, he and his wife and high school sweetheart, Emily, would ultimately embark on a totally different type of adventure.

Each holiday season, Emily and Jon would spend hours in the kitchen baking a variety of treats to send to their loved ones as gifts. After leaving Southern Company, they decided to pursue one of her bucket list items – opening a retail specialty bakery.

Together, they opened “Petit Sweets Confectionary” in Macon specializing in small treats that could fit into the palm of your hand. Haygood assumed the dual role of chief financial officer and chief taster, while Emily created and perfected original recipes. Petit Sweets Confectionary quickly gained popularity and before they knew it, they had nearly 20 employees and expanded their menu to include brownies, cheesecake, wedding cakes and more.

As demand continued to increase, working long hours with two young children proved unsustainable. Jon and Emily decided to close the bakery.

“While I enjoyed being an entrepreneur, helping develop young employees and constantly working to improve processes, I wasn’t getting quite the intellectual stimulation that I desired and felt a need to do something different,” he shared.

Haygood returned to Southern Company in 2006. Outside of work, he and his wife are heavily involved with their sons, Sam and Jake, who are 13 and 17 respectively.

Haygood shared that having dinner with his family every night remains the highlight of his day, especially when there’s dessert afterwards!

The Energy Behind the Energy: LaQuitcha Washington

Human resources by day, comedy by night. Meet LaQuitcha Washington.

By: Crystal Mussenden

Editor’s note: With tens of thousands of employees across the Southern Company system, “The Energy behind the Energy” series is designed to share the careers, charities, hobbies, passions and talents of the amazing people who make our company successful.

Name: LaQuitcha Washington

Title: HR Service Center Senior Specialist, Southern Company Services

LaQuitcha Washington, a native of Charleston, South Carolina, has been making people laugh all her life. She spends her days supporting Southern Company’s HR programs and spends her nights performing at comedy shows around the country.

“I have worked with LaQuitcha since she started working with HR Direct,” said Tlicia Butler, Washington’s HR Service Center supervisor. “From her first day, LaQuitcha has brought light and laughter and she is always willing to take on new challenges and job duties. I have the continued pleasure of seeing her passion and purpose of laughter grow.”

What’s your role at Southern Company?

I am a HR Specialist Sr. in the HR Direct Service Center. My role is the subject matter expert of LearningSOurce and the Tuition Reimbursement Program. I also, process leave requests, such as parental, adoption and maternity leave.

How did you become interested in your line of work?

I’ve worked in customer service for over 15 years. I started out the Customer Care Center in McDonough, Georgia and I’ve always had an interest in human resources. When the opportunity became available in HR Direct; I applied, and seven years later, here I am!

Tell us about your life outside of Southern Company.

I am a native of Charleston, South Carolina and a single mom of two adult millennials. My son Derrick is 22, and my daughter Jasmine is 25. We relocated to Atlanta in 1997; and we are a very close family. I also, have a grand pup by the name of Louie who is 5 years old.

I’ve been a clown all my life; however, I’ve been performing stand-up comedy for 11 years. During the weekends, and sometimes during the week, I travel to various states to perform. I am a clean comedian and my stage name is Comedian Lady Q. I love the opportunity to make people of all nationalities, ethnicities and ages laugh.

If your life was a movie what would it be called?

Laughter with Lady Q.