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Employee engagement and development

We engage our employees in a number of ways with various media and technology to keep them informed about what’s happening across the company, the industry and the communities we serve. From company initiatives and projects to our strategies for achieving net-zero carbon electricity and important employee benefits information, we strive to keep employees informed and engaged by providing them with clear, timely and relevant information.

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The Learning Center
The energy world is ever-changing. MGE is committed to sustainable workforce practices, such as career development and training. 

MGE offers all employees the opportunity to learn and grow—whether it is to become more proficient in their job, improve decision-making skills or prepare for a move to another role. We support employees by providing the right tools—learning and content—needed to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to grow and to ensure MGE has a workforce that is knowledgeable, prepared and high-performing to deliver on our goals and objectives.

The Learning Center is an online resource available to all MGE employees. Launched in 2017, this cloud-based tool contains a vast library of courses available to employees for online learning. It recommends training courses for employees based on the courses they’ve already taken and subjects in which they have shown interest, and it provides a transcript of courses they have taken in The Learning Center as well as corporate training they attend.

The Learning Center is constantly updated with courses relevant to MGE employees. It now has more than 8,600 courses, videos, podcasts and articles available and nearly 300 curated playlists. This helps ensure employees are equipped with the knowledge and skills to navigate our evolving industry effectively.

Since The Learning Center was launched, MGE employees have completed more than 66,000 training sessions through 2022. That includes instructor-led training, online training and video training. In 2022, employees completed more than 6,200 online courses. The Learning Center app gives employees access to more than 8,600 courses, videos and more from their mobile devices.

The Learning Center also has a section dedicated to information about inclusion, diversity, discrimination and harassment. In the Stronger Together section, employees can find courses, articles, podcasts and more.

Partnership with the UWEBC
For several years, MGE has partnered with the University of Wisconsin E-Business Consortium (UWEBC). Created in 1998, the UWEBC brings together employees from all levels of leading Wisconsin companies to learn from each other.

The UWEBC focuses its efforts in four areas critical to a diverse range of businesses: customer service, information technology, marketing and supply chain management. Events are structured to bring together people from different industries in the following formats: topic-centered peer groups, special interest groups and member-to-member advising. Support for the UWEBC from MGE gives our employees the opportunity to grow and learn by participating in UWEBC events and programming.

Importance of employee wellness
We encourage employees across the company to make health and wellness a priority. Good health brings vitality and energy to our work lives and our home lives.

Hybrid work schedules
For about two years during the COVID-19 pandemic, about half of MGE employees worked remotely. As the company planned for a return to the office for our remote-enabled employees, the feedback from those employees was that the ability to work remotely had many benefits for both employees and the company. In April 2022, MGE formally began a hybrid work schedule for remote-enabled employees. These employees have the flexibility to work remotely up to two days each week.

Healthy Rewards
MGE’s Healthy Rewards program offers many opportunities throughout the year for employees to take charge of their health. Employees can take fitness classes and work out in an on-site fitness center and attend Power Lunches with guest speakers covering topics such as healthy eating, meditation, stress management, financial well-being and mental well-being.

MGE also partners with ManageWell®, which serves as a personal, confidential online health management portal for employees. They can take a health assessment each year, track activity toward Healthy Rewards goals and take advantage of the many healthy living tools available in the ManageWell wellness portal.

MGE’s Healthy Rewards program rewards employees for participating regularly in healthy activities and learning about their health risks. In 2022, more than half of employees registered and tracked their progress through ManageWell.

Sprains and strains prevention and ergonomic assessments
Six years ago, MGE began a partnership with Briotix Health, a workplace injury-prevention sports medicine provider that employs athletic trainers. The trainers teach our operations employees how to properly warm up and stretch before performing physically demanding work. The trainers hold weekly office hours at facilities across the MGE campus to connect with as many employees as possible. This partnership also serves office employees, which allows office-based employees to gain a better understanding of ergonomics, how their bodies work and ways to reduce discomfort while working.

In 2022, the trainers had more than 4,600 employee interactions, which include individual and group interactions. Since this partnership began, sprain and strain injuries requiring medical treatment have fallen dramatically.

Consultations are not limited to work-related injuries. The majority of the consultations involve non-work-related injuries or issues. Among the services available are:

  • Injury and discomfort management
  • Ergonomic evaluations and projects
  • Job-specific stretching and strengthening
  • Health and wellness coaching
  • New employee training

Maintaining work-life balance
MGE offers a variety of benefit plans to fit our employees’ needs—from health and dental insurance to retirement and work-life balance. MGE understands work-life balance is an important part of a healthy work environment.

Maintaining work-life balance helps reduce stress and helps prevent burnout in the workplace. Balancing the challenges of work and home can be overwhelming at times, which is why MGE offers an Employee Assistance Program to provide confidential resources for employees and professional counselors free of charge 24 hours a day. Courses are available in The Learning Center to explore work-life balance, what it is and how to maintain it. These courses are available to all employees.

MGE Scholarship Program
MGE is proud to offer a scholarship program to MGE employees and retirees to assist with their children’s higher education. The Madison Gas and Electric Company Scholarship Program awards partial scholarships for post-secondary education at any accredited school in the United States. These scholarships are funded by MGE and administered by a third party. The awards are renewable for up to three years or until a bachelor’s degree is obtained if students maintain a 2.5 cumulative grade point average. The MGE Scholarship Program has awarded $1,268,000 to students since it began in 1999.
 

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