Putting Our Employees First
At Avangrid, we strive to create a workplace where talented and committed people come to build meaningful, long-term careers. To accomplish this, we foster a culture that seeks out diverse perspectives, values continuous improvement, and recognizes and rewards behaviors and ideas that prepare us to meet the challenges of the future.
We prioritize the overall health and well-being of our workforce – from physical safety and financial security to diversity, equity, and inclusion, to mental health and well-being, all within the context of a respectful work environment. To bring these priorities to life, we invest in programs that enable our employees’ personal and professional growth; help them build connections with one another; and meet their unique needs and the needs of their families throughout all stages of life.
In 2022, we set several aspirational goals to build diversity in our workforce and launched initiatives focused on increasing opportunities for our employees while continuing to prioritize safety, address gender equity, and create a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace.
Gender Equity: We continued our efforts to increase the gender diversity of our executive leadership team (vice president and above), resulting in the growth of women executives from 28% in 2021 to 35% in 2022.
Looking ahead, we have new initiatives planned to continue advancing gender parity across leadership roles. This includes enhancing talent acquisition partnerships and monitoring applicant pools and pipelines to consistently ensure a diverse set of candidates.
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: We work to build, sustain and empower a diverse workforce with a rich mix of differences. To us, this means creating inclusive workplaces where every employee feels valued and where there are equitable opportunities for everyone to grow and develop. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are critical to our future success and as such we have prioritized DE&I initiatives in three areas:
- Increasing diverse representation, especially in leadership positions.
- Promoting equitable opportunities to grow and develop.
- Establishing pathways for community and connection with others.
Financial Well-Being Roadmap: We are assessing our company’s benefits to ensure we offer inclusive benefits to all Avangrid employees while continuing to analyze and adapt benefits to better serve our employees’ needs and to communicate all relevant offerings.
Professional Development: Over the course of the year, we expanded training opportunities for employees with a strong focus on leadership development. Here, managers and supervisors who are new to leading employees engage in our comprehensive leadership training program known as Leadership Essentials. Established in 2021, Leadership Essentials was designed through insights we gathered from our annual employee survey, focus groups with leaders across Avangrid, and insights from conversations with our Employee Relations team.
In 2022, employees logged a total of 4,034 hours of leadership training, in addition to 3,102 online leadership course training hours. Overall, our average training per employee increased to 42.5 hours in 2022.