AEP Sustainability - Caring for Our Workforce

Caring for Our Workforce

When prospective employees are considering their career options, they look for companies that share their values, offer competitive wages and benefits, provide opportunities for learning new skills and achieving career advancement, and allow flexibility to balance work and personal interests. AEP offers a comprehensive set of benefits and programs to support employees across a wide range of situations, including:
  • Medical (includes same-sex partner benefits)
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Critical illness plans
  • Accidental death insurance
  • Health care flexible spending account
  • Life insurance (and supplemental)
  • Long-term disability insurance
  • Training programs
  • Legal services
  • Vacation purchase program
  • 401(k)
  • Wellness program
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Financial planning
  • Adoption assistance
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Retirement benefits

How we treat and take care of our employees is a commitment that we take to heart. We are committed to the wellbeing of our employees and ensuring they have a safe and productive work environment; achieve financial security; feel supported, heard and engaged; have access to healthcare for their physical and mental health; have networks and camaraderie that provide social support; and feel included and connected to the mission and values of our company. Today, we provide a wide range of programs that support employee well-being. This includes a wellness program, financial planning and advice experts, mental health benefits and counseling, adoption assistance, culture efforts, volunteerism, employee resource groups, and many other benefits that support employees in their personal and professional lives.

In 2020, we started “safe space conversations” to encourage open dialog among employees regarding issues of race and biases, and to improve understanding about how diversity shapes and enhances our culture and relationships. Learn more in the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion section.

As employees dealt with unprecedented challenges and personal demands from the COVID-19 pandemic, we offered additional support and assistance such as pay and leave programs and mental health support. Learn more in the COVID-19 section.

AEP is committed to disclosing our human capital management performance as it serves as a strong indicator to our workplace environment and employee wellbeing. This includes:

The Power of Our People: Women’s Leadership Council Podcast

The global pandemic and racial and social unrest brought to light important issues such as employee safety and health; diversity, equity and inclusion; the value of technology; and the desire for personal and professional engagement. Adjusting to the new norm required us to be agile, innovative and empathetic to the needs of our employees.

In 2020, the AEP Women’s Leadership Council (WLC) kept these objectives in mind when they created a podcast and blog series to engage women and men across the organization on important issues, including racism, the benefits and challenges of working from home, and ways to identify development opportunities in a distributed work environment.

The Women’s Leadership Blog is a platform for employees to share powerful content on careers, culture, and connection. Podcasts provide an environment for our employees to have safe and candid conversations. The honest and relatable stories also help our employees recognize that everyone’s journey, awareness and experience is different, setting the stage for empathy, understanding and friendship. The work of the Women’s Leadership Council serves as an accelerator for progress toward a more diverse and equal future.