A promise to employees
When changes occur that affect employees, Duke Energy works hard to help them navigate the transition. For Crystal River Nuclear Plant employees, February 5, 2013, seemed like the end. The decision announced that day to retire the plant, known as CR3, after 36 years of service left its 600 employees with feelings of sadness, apprehension and uncertainty. Now, many of those same employees look back on that day not as an ending but as a new beginning.
The day after the announcement, senior company leaders met with CR3 employees to listen to their concerns and answer their questions. Senior leaders made this promise: If you want to continue working for Duke Energy, we will redeploy as many of you as possible to other positions within the company.
Human Resources staff met with employees one-on-one to understand their career preferences – asking employees whether they wanted to stay on site to fill a temporary position on the decommissioning team, to redeploy to another position within the company or to leave the company with severance benefits. In most cases, Duke Energy was able to fulfill employee preferences.
Duke Energy also held internal job fairs with workgroups across the company and hired an on-site recruiter to help employees navigate the hiring process.
Three years later, Duke Energy has successfully placed about two-thirds of the employees affected by the decision to retire the nuclear plant. More than 300 employees have redeployed to other positions within the company, and about 70 employees – not including security officers or contractors – remain on site as part of the decommissioning team. Many of the other affected employees used this change as an opportunity to retire.