Abbott, the global health care company, has been recognised as one of Ireland’s Best Workplaces for the progressive work practises and innovative employee programmes in place at Abbott facilities around the country, including the Abbott Medical Optics facility in Westport.
The company was ranked at the Best Workplaces Awards 2013, which were hosted by the Great Place to Work Institute at a gala dinner in the Burlington Hotel, Dublin last week. In addition, the company’s commercial operation, Abbott Laboratories Ireland Ltd, was presented with a Laureate in recognition of ten years consistent ranking in Ireland’s annual Best Workplaces list.
Abbott is one of the largest healthcare companies in Ireland, with a diverse range of operations spanning manufacturing, commercial and shared services around the country, however, it applies a universal approach to maintaining excellence in the recruitment and retention of employees. Six Abbott facilities, spanning five business divisions, collaborated on this year’s Best Workplaces entry including Abbott Medical Optics, Dublin and Westport; Abbott Established Products Division, Dublin; Abbott Diagnostics, Longford; Abbott Laboratories Ireland Ltd, Dublin and Abbott Ireland Pharmaceutical Operations Sligo, now trading as AbbVie.
Fiona Mitchell, Site Director, AMO Westport said, “We are delighted to receive this recognition from the Great Place to Work Institute. We are an innovation-led company that maintains our competitive advantage by exploring and maximizing opportunities in all aspects of our business. We are only able to do this through our talented and engaged employees, who are our greatest asset.”
“We are committed to providing a high trust environment, and fostering open, transparent and direct relationships with all our employees. This means that as a company we can continue to innovate and best serve patients with products that improve lives. Being named one of Ireland’s Best Workplaces is a welcome acknowledgment of our commitment to progressive work practices and providing learning and development opportunities for each employee.”
Examples of some of the progressive initiatives in place at Abbott Medical Optics include:
• The “Live Life Well” initiative which inspires, engages and empowers employees to embrace a holistic approach to their physical and mental wellbeing. This includes an annual calendar of events with campaigns focused on weight management, physical fitness, cancer awareness and mental health;
• The company’s award winning graduate recruitment programme, Professional Development Programme, which offers structured and defined development opportunities for new graduates;
• The “Voice of the Customer Wall” where employees have an opportunity to see the positive difference they are making in people’s lives;
• Employee of the Year awards;
• An online culture navigator that celebrates diversity and assists employees in their work with international partners;
• “Lunch and Learn” meetings, where employees get to meet informally with senior leaders, for discussion, information sharing and learning;
• The award winning national employee volunteering programme, Croí an Oir, which provides structure and support for employees to engage in volunteering and support the local community in Westport.
This Best Workplaces ranking follows a comprehensive audit of Abbott’s culture and employment policies by the Great Place to Work Institute and also includes a survey of employees. Abbott prides itself on being an employer of choice and the company has received numerous local, national and international accolades for workplace excellence including:
• gradireland Graduate Employer of the Year Award for three consecutive years – 2012, 2011 and 2010;
• Irish Institute of Training and Development (IITD) – Overall Award 2012;
• International Federation of Training and Development Organisations (IFTDO) – Overall Winner and Best HR Development Practise Category Winner 2012.
Pictured above are employees from the Abbott Medical Optics facility in Wesport, Mayo L to R: Fiona Mitchell, Site Director, Damien Collis, Finance Manager and Rosemary Clarke, HR Manager. Picture Conor McCabe Photography