Hello to all you BYO faithful! Let me introduce myself. My name is Kolby, and I work as a Human Resources representative with Nebraska Public Power District. I was born in-and raised in-the good life with a view of NPPD’s largest and most efficient power plant, Gerald Gentleman Station, from my front porch. Growing up, I had no idea what NPPD was or that it was even possible for a gal like me to find a challenging and fulfilling career so close to home!
Prior to working at NPPD, I was pretty clueless about the work that goes on behind the outlet at an electric utility in order to deliver energy to customers. As an energy consumer, I had come to expect the reliability of electricity when I flipped on the light switch or went to plug something into the wall. I never thought about all of the work — or even more importantly — the people who were working within the industry to ensure the energy had been safely generated and delivered to me. Now, during my time at NPPD I have had the opportunity to learn about NPPD’s greatest asset, our people. There is a true sense of pride and ownership that our employees have in their work.
At NPPD, my coworkers are also my “customers.” I am a field representative which means my office is in the “field” instead of the general office. By being in the field, I am able to work alongside those I serve and really understand the work they are doing, challenges they face and how each person plays an important part in delivering reliable energy to our end-use customers. My support area covers a large part of central and western Nebraska, so I get my fair share of windshield time. As I travel from location to location to conduct NPPD’s employment business, I can’t help but feel a sense of pride when I meet an orange bumper on the highway, watch the sun rise over Gerald Gentleman Station, see a substation bearing the NPPD logo or admire the miles and miles of power lines maintained by my coworkers!
I can’t help but feel a sense of pride when I meet an orange bumper on the highway.
The other day I, was participating on a phone interview to fill a vacant position. The candidate was asked why he had applied for the opening. Without hesitation, he replied he had wanted to work for NPPD for as long as he could remember. He had chosen his educational field to prepare himself for a future career at NPPD and that applying was the next step in achieving his goal. NPPD was truly where he wanted to be. This answer made me smile and think about all the great people working at NPPD doing their part to enhance the good life for Nebraskans. As a Human Resources representative, it is my responsibility to ensure that my teammates carry this same sense of pride in their work. There is true power in a highly engaged and productive workforce, and that power ultimately transforms into providing the excellent service our customers depend on and deserve.