We drew our first breath at Andrew O’Shaughnessy’s kitchen table in Cork, Ireland, though we weren’t Poppulo back then. But the passion, the belief in the power of informed and involved people, was there from the start and inspires everything we do today. It is a passion we live by and it owes a debt to lessons from the past.
It was one of the worst things Andrew O’Shaughnessy had to do and he swore it would never happen again. His father’s company was going out of business and Andrew had to lay off 88 people. Decent, hard-working, honest people.
It was a very difficult time, but Andrew learned a lesson that has burned inside him ever since. The staff were very loyal but unfortunately there was a disconnect between management and employees.
The culture was closed and non-inclusive. Management told the workforce what they wanted done and the employees did what was asked of them – and felt let down when the company founded by Andrew’s great-grandfather in 1905 could not be saved.
Since then, Andrew has been driven by a vision and a passion to create thriving workplace cultures and to radically change how companies engage with their people, in ways very different from the past.
That is how Poppulo was born. From an ambition to make organizations great by releasing the power of their people, through super-smart technology that transforms internal communications, dramatically increasing employee engagement.
That’s why he created Poppulo. It’s all about people.