In an ongoing effort to recruit qualified local employees, we post positions on local job web sites such as Worksource (WA) and Idahoworks (ID) as well as through traditional and social media channels. In addition, we submit our external job postings to more than 80 agencies across Washington, Idaho, Oregon and Montana. As appropriate, we also notify local schools of student employment opportunities.
Of the 13 executive level officers employed by Avista, eleven were hired locally.
Avista does periodic assessments of future retirement scenarios to anticipate how to attract, retain and develop critical talent needed for the effective operation of the company.
At Avista, 43 percent of employees are covered by collective bargaining agreements and 57 percent are not.
All regular, non-bargaining unit employees receive formal performance reviews on an annual basis and updates at mid-year. Our union employees receive periodic evaluations as needed.
Avista’s employee population demographics are aligned with the available external workforce for similar occupations.
The company has a defined benefit pension plan covering substantially all regular full-time employees at Avista Utilities. Individual benefits under this plan are based on the employee’s years of service and average compensation. The company’s funding policy is to contribute at least the minimum amounts that are required to be funded under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, but not more than the maximum amounts that are currently deductible for income tax purposes.