Certification Europe Named One of the Best Workplaces in Ireland 2017
As a company committed to developing high-trust relationships throughout every level of its organisation, Certification Europe is delighted to announce we have been officially recognised as one of the Best Workplaces in Ireland in 2017. This well-deserved accolade was presented at the Great Place to Work Best Workplaces in Ireland awards in the Clayton Hotel on Burlington Road, Dublin on Wednesday 22nd February. This is our first year to be named as a top Irish workplace, with recognition awarded on the basis of an employee survey and an assessment of their policies and practices. Certification Europe was recognised as the 26th Best Small Workplace in Ireland 2017.
Certification Europe GPTW team
As part of our five-year strategy, in 2015 the Senior Management Team committed to the ‘Great Place to Work’ journey. Claire Keaveney formed a ‘Great Place to Work’ team consisting of four people representing each of our core teams within Certification Europe. The GPTW team meets regularly and communicates to the rest of the business on action plans. A lot of valuable work goes on behind the scenes by the ‘Great Place to Work’ team, and communication is a key driver. The team has regular focus groups with employees and spends much more time listening rather than talking. One of our communication mantras on the ‘Great Place to Work’ team is ‘you asked, we did’.
The annual employee survey plays a key role in indicating the areas we are strong in and areas that we need to improve in. The team acts on the survey results. The Culture Audit that the team work on each year demonstrates the unique initiatives we have here in Certification Europe and gives an insight into our values, culture, and practices. We understand the importance of creating a great working environment, and the result that it has on employee morale. We go out of our way to ensure the all our employees are happy and healthy, as we believe that this creates a stronger team. At Certification Europe, we are dedicated to attracting and retaining the best talent. A variety of initiatives and programs offer our employees opportunities to grow and develop their careers, be rewarded and recognised for their efforts, and to ensure a balance between work and life. We are delighted to achieve this accolade two years ahead of our target. The hard work continues by our GPTW team to ensure that we continue to be an official ‘Great Place to Work’.
We were not the only winners.
Certification Europe were not the only winners on the night, several of our clients were also in attendance and picked up awards. In the Best Small Workplace Category Leman Solicitors came 27th and Collins McNicholas made it to the top 10 coming 9th.
In the Best Medium Category, Newsweaver who have now appeared on the list for the third straight year were placed 7th followed by Guinness Storehouse 8th and The Taxback Group Ireland in 15th.
The Best Large Workplace award had a strong showing from Certification Europe clients. For the third year running A&L Goodbody made it on the list coming 15th. Three of our clients also made it into the top 10: Version1, Vodafone Ireland and Abbvie Ireland came in 6th, 4th and 3rd respectively.
What is Great Place to Work?
In 2017, Great Place to Work® Ireland celebrates fifteen years of recognising great workplaces through the publication of their Best Workplaces in Ireland lists, and the number of high-trust workplaces in Ireland carries on increasing; an indication that organisations are continuing to discover the business benefits of developing a culture where all employees are empowered to do their best work.
“With institutional trust in low supply throughout the globe, research is showing that business has also suffered a drop in trust”, said John Ryan, CEO of Great Place to Work® Ireland. “This will have an impact on performance and returns. It’s clear from the results of our assessment survey that employees from Ireland’s Best Workplaces, who are in a unique position to know, believe that clients and customers can trust their organisations. This is an invaluable vote of confidence from their employees and is probably the reason employees in the companies are comfortable releasing all their talents to the benefit of those organisations. While money was the currency of success in the past, trust is the currency of success now and into the future; we are increasingly living in a world of interdependencies where we need to be sure who we can rely on. The listed organisations this year have separated themselves from their peers by leveraging the power of trust to the benefit of all their stakeholders, and that is why I want to extend my congratulations to one and all on a wonderful achievement”.
All over the country, employees at Ireland’s Best Workplaces report a significantly greater sense of job security than those in peer organisations, with this area achieving a four-year high despite a backdrop of medium-term geopolitical uncertainty. This level of employee confidence in the face of an uncertain future provides these organisations with a workforce that is engaged, focused on the task at hand, and eager to offer their contribution to future successes. The Best Workplaces in Ireland 2017 are capitalising on this increased engagement by delivering regular performance evaluations, recognising excellent performance, and providing coaching and support to poor performers.
About Great Place to Work® and the Assessment Process
Great Place to Work Ireland is part of a global network of culture consultants, with offices in 48 countries using an established methodology to publish lists at country, regional, and global levels. 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 2017 full list of organisations and award winners, as well as rankings from previous years, are available at www.greatplacetowork.ie.