The global communications technology company Poppulo has been named as one of Ireland’s top 10 Best Workplaces, with CEO Andrew O’Shaughnessy being named as one of the top 3 most trusted leaders in Ireland, just months after being ranked as one of the country’s best export employers.
The latest in a string of accolades for the pioneering Cork-based company, set to almost double its 83-strong workforce, was presented at the Great Place to Work Awards in the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Dublin on Wednesday 24th February.
In addition to being recognized as one of the best companies in the country to work for in 2016, Poppulo’s founder and chief executive, Andrew O’Shaughnessy, picked up another highly regarded plaudit when he was shortlisted as one of the top three most trusted chief executives in of Ireland in the Great Places to Work workplace survey.
The company is the leading international innovator in corporate internal communications, with global blue-chip clients including Rolls-Royce, Nike, Vodafone, Unilever, and Kelloggs. It has ranked in the top 300 fastest-growing companies in Europe and the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 for five years in a row.
Commenting on the latest achievement, the Andrew O’Shaughnessy, Poppulo’s CEO, said he was delighted for his wonderful team and that it was great recognition of the company’s culture and values.
“The values we stand for are at the very core of everything we do, and the success we have had to date are down to those values and principles,” said Mr O’Shaughnessy. “As I’ve said it before, we have a very exciting ambition and we have all worked hard to build a unique entrepreneurial and innovative culture. Since establishing Poppulo, I’ve been ambitious for the company to succeed at the highest level while wanting it to be a really great place to work, so it’s fantastic to see that recognised with this award.”
Commenting on the fantastic achievement for all 65 organizations that have been recognized this year, CEO of Great Place to Work Ireland, John Ryan said that –
“At this stage, most organizations have seen the importance of defining their culture and supporting its development with practices, real lived values, and a clear set of desired behaviors to drive organizational performance. In the past, only the most progressive companies focused on these areas. Today it is the norm. If organizations don’t have clear metrics around their people performance and engagement they are seen as laggards. It is now common to see monthly reports via pulse systems monitoring engagement levels, enabling interventions to be fashioned in real time. This year’s listed organizations have gone one step further, ensuring there is a clear alignment between their culture, climate, structure, practices and behaviors. This creates an employee experience where talent can thrive, and the organization can adapt and achieve. Personally, I would like to congratulate each and every person in the organizations who have achieved the status of ‘great’, as it is clear that leadership or HR cannot make this happen alone. It is a group effort that requires everybody’s energy, enthusiasm, and engagement.”
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 organizations 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 2016 full list of listed organizations and award winners, as well as past years’ rankings, are available at www.greatplacetowork.ie
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