Now in its second year, the Best Workplaces for Women programme takes the global standard Best Workplaces methodology as its basis. It recognises leading Irish organisations that foster a high trust culture and great work environment for everyone in general, and also create a positive and supportive workplace for women in particular.
Employees in these workplaces report fair treatment regardless of their gender, are empowered to balance their work and personal life, and feel secure to take the time off they need when necessary. This becomes increasingly important as people see their personal responsibilities consistently increasing, from childcare and elderly care, to voluntary and community engagements, to family commitments.
Career development and opportunities for both professional and personal growth are key components in establishing a Best Workplace with a high trust culture. In the Best Workplaces for Women, the data points to an employee experience where recognition and promotion opportunities are conducted in a candid and transparent way. These workplaces establish clear expectations and criteria for advancement. They ensure that it is universally understood how promotion criteria apply to employees across the organisation.
They provide opportunities for exposure to leadership and people across the organisation so employees can showcase their unique talents outside the confines of their direct team. When leadership does promote someone, they are able to point to the criteria they had previously set as the foundations of their rationale. Not only this, but they have become storytellers, highlighting what growth and progression looks like within their organisation and showcasing employees’ career stories.
For any organisation, creating a high performance environment where employees can thrive requires a commitment to learning. This year’s Best Workplaces for Women demonstrate this commitment at a variety of levels, from initiatives that inspire students and acceleration programmes for young professionals, to mentorships that focus on empowering female leaders and strategies that support female executives.
These organisations continue to celebrate achievements and face challenges. They search for fresh insights and new knowledge, implementing new programmes and refining existing practises to best support their employees. They understand their people, listening to their needs and responding accordingly. By identifying and recognising the strengths and opportunities that exist within their organisations, they are committed to driving a high trust work environment.
Great Place to Work are delighted to recognise the following organisations as the Best Workplaces for Women in Ireland:
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