EnergyAustralia will be giving its people a special paid day off on Friday, November 26 in
what the energy retailer and generator is calling “Gratitude Day”.
EnergyAustralia’s people and culture executive Jodie Haydon said it’s a way to say thanks for their contribution during a difficult year.
“2021 was challenging. Throughout COVID-19 our people have continued to support our
customers and keep the lights on and we want to recognise this collective effort,” Ms Haydon said.
“Gratitude Day is a chance for our people to take some well-deserved time off, recharge
and reconnect with whatever or whoever is important to them. This is in addition to the
two paid ‘Energise’ days we already give our people each year.
“Most of EnergyAustralia will be off on the 26th – but not all. Some will be required to
answer customer calls or work at our power stations to keep the power on. These people
will be able to take another day off instead.”
David Burt, who works at the Yallourn Power Station, which employs around
500 people, said he is looking forward to teeing off.
“I’ll use my day off to visit Trafalgar Golf Club with a mate. There’s nothing better than
honing your skills, chatting between holes and catching sight of the odd echidna,” Mr Burt said.
Other Yallourn workers have said they’ll use the day to do some local Christmas shopping,
enjoy a long lunch with friends or visit the hairdresser – something that will be welcomed
by the Latrobe Valley’s small businesses.