Southern Company recognized as a top employer for workers over 50

      Southern Company recognized as a top employer for workers over 50

PR Newswire

ATLANTA, June 19, 2013

ATLANTA, June 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --For the first time, Southern Company
has been named as one of the Best Employers for Workers Over 50. One of only
two corporations in Georgia to be included in the 2013 list, Southern Company
joins a diverse group of health systems, corporations, government agencies and
non-profits earning recognition from AARP and the Society for Human Resource
Management (SHRM).

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"At Southern Company, we see diversity in multiple dimensions," said Kimberly
S. Greene, president and CEO of Southern Company Services. "In addition to
such components of diversity as an employee's race, gender, national origin
and other attributes, we value diversity of experience – a mix of knowledge
and skills that help achieve the company's goals."

As part of its commitment to its workforce, Southern Company offers
competitive and quality benefits to support employees and retirees with
valuable coverage for their personal, professional and retirement needs. The
company was cited for its focus on health and benefits packages for employees
and retirees, the SouthernLifeStyle wellness benefits program, opportunities
for employees over 50 to make 401(k) catch-up contributions, continuous
learning and development courses, alternative work arrangement offerings, and
a dedicated retiree relations staff who seeks work prospects for retirees.

Any U.S.-based employer with at least 50 employees is eligible to apply for
the Best Employers award. Candidates are vetted to ensure that practices meet
the needs of mature workers. Key areas of consideration include recruiting
practices; opportunities for training, education and career development;
workplace accommodations; alternative work options, such as flexible
scheduling, job sharing and phased retirement; employee health and retirement
benefits; and retiree work opportunities.

With 4.4 million customers and nearly 46,000 megawatts of generating capacity,
Atlanta-based Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is the premier energy company
serving the Southeast through its subsidiaries. A leading U.S. producer of
clean, safe, reliable and affordable electricity, Southern Company owns
electric utilities in four states and a growing competitive generation
company, as well as fiber optics and wireless communications. Southern Company
brands are known for energy innovation, excellent customer service, high
reliability and retail electric prices that are below the national average.
Southern Company and its subsidiaries are leading the nation's nuclear
renaissance through the construction of the first new nuclear units to be
built in a generation of Americans and are demonstrating their commitment to
energy innovation through the development of a state-of-the-art coal
gasification plant. Southern Company has been recognized by the U.S.
Department of Defense and G.I. Jobs magazine as a top military employer and
listed by DiversityInc as a top company for Blacks. The company received the
2012 Edison Award from the Edison Electric Institute for its leadership in new
nuclear development, was named  Electric Light & Power magazine's Utility of
the Year for 2012 and is continually ranked among the top utilities in
Fortune's annual World's Most Admired Electric and Gas Utility rankings. Visit
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SOURCE Southern Company

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