This prestigious accolade was presented at the Great Place to Work Awards in the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Dublin on Wednesday 25th February.
The event was attended by Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin T.D., who acknowledged the great accomplishment of all organisations present, saying:
"I would like to congratulate all of the workplaces that participated in the Great Place to Work Awards 2015. These awards reflect the hard work, commitment, drive and innovation of a diverse range of workplaces. They also recognise the importance that is placed on creating a positive atmosphere in which employees can thrive and excel. The Action Plan for Jobs 2015, which was published last month, is the next step in the Government’s multi-annual process aimed at ensuring that jobs creation remains a priority and that we deliver full employment by 2018, continuing to build on Ireland’s reputation for its talented workforce."
Commenting on the fantastic achievement for all 59 organisations that have been recognised this year, CEO of Great Place to Work Ireland John Ryan said that -
“With significantly more organisations putting themselves forward to be assessed and benchmarked this year, being accredited as a great workplace is an even more relevant marker of performance than ever. We believe than in time, being accredited as a ‘great workplace’ will be seen as an expectation from employees who believe this is the standard that should be provided. In fact, new graduates from universities today believe that they deserve to work at a truly great high trust workplace – and if they find that it doesn’t reach that level, they will simply leave, often to a competitor. No longer is being ‘great’ a nice bauble to have – rather, it is essential in the race for talent, and to ensure you have a high performing organisation that is leveraging their people talent to compete locally and globally.”
Promed was announced as the winner of the Best Small Workplaces in Ireland 2015 list.
Colin Denman, Managing Director of Promed had this to say:
“We are all so proud of this achievement. It’s such a great validation for the commitment involved in putting our customer at the heart of everything we do.
We entered this competition for the first time last year and we placed sixth in Ireland. To go from sixth, to winning the award is an amazing result, and it means a great deal to all of us at Promed.”
ABOUT GREAT PLACE TO WORK IRELAND AND THE ASSESSMENT PROCESS
Great Place to Work Ireland is part of a global network with offices in 48 countries using the same assessment methodology to publish 45 country lists, as well as regional and global lists. The best known of these is the Fortune 100 list of Best Companies to Work For in the United States.
The key defining feature of a great workplace is the level of trust that exists within it. From an employee’s viewpoint, the definition of a great workplace is one where you trust the people you work with, you have great pride in what you do, and you enjoy the people you work with. The Great Place to Work Institute assesses the policies and practices in place in organisations under nine key areas: Inspiring, Speaking, Listening, Caring, Developing, Thanking, Hiring, Celebrating, and Sharing. They then benchmark these practices against other organisations in that country. The second key component of the assessment is an anonymous Trust Index survey that gathers the perceptions of employees under five dimensions: Credibility, Respect, Fairness, Pride, and Camaraderie. Finally, there is an in-depth qualitative analysis of open ended comments from employees.
The 2015 full list of listed organisations and award winners, as well as past years’ rankings, are available at www.greatplacetowork.ie.