Dublin, February 27, 2020: OpenJaw Technologies have been officially recognised as one of the Best Workplaces in Ireland in 2020. OpenJaw were recognised at the 18th annual Great Place to Work Awards on Wednesday 26th February 2020. This is OpenJaw Technologies’ first year to be named as a top Irish workplace after being assessed through the Great Place to Work ‘Trust Index©’ employee survey and ‘Culture Audit©’ assessment of their policies and practices.
“The team at OpenJaw are very proud to be recognised as one of the Best Work Places in Ireland ,” said Kieron Branagan, CEO OpenJaw Technologies. “As Ireland’s leading travel technology firm with a global workforce of 500 industry experts, we have grown substantially across our six international offices. OpenJaw works with some of the world’s leading travel brands including All Nippon Airways, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Four Seasons and Avis. We are extremely proud of today’s Best Place to Work Award. It reflects the fantastic effort of our growing team and the way we attract, develop and empower OpenJaw staff across the globe. Our success is built through an international team with incredible expertise who thrive in an environment of diversity, empowerment & accountability.”
“Strong economic conditions have resulted in another record year for the total number of employees participating in the Best Workplaces in Ireland process. The ‘war for talent’ is continuing apace with the best employers in Ireland competing for specific industry-critical skills, while a range of external social pressures are forcing organisations to develop innovative initiatives to help alleviate burdens faced by their employees.” said Cathal Divilly, Partner at Great Place to Work® Ireland.
“Reaching the criteria to appear on the list of Best Workplaces in Ireland is a massive achievement, and has provided a great platform for these organisations to differentiate themselves both externally and internally as employers of choice. While attractive benefit packages will go some way towards employee satisfaction, the companies on this year’s list have realised that their unique and distinctive cultures are what will mark them out in a crowded market. This year’s survey findings show that employees in these workplaces feel greater levels of organisational pride than ever before, which is being supported by internal CSR initiatives that emphasise employee ownership and decision-making. Organisations are responding to the housing crisis and commuter pressures by offering more flexible work-from-home and work-life balance arrangements. Employees are seeking a greater sense of purpose from their roles, and companies are attempting to meet this by implementing strong green initiatives with a real, authentic focus on sustainability. Overall, these companies are marking themselves out by providing a distinctive sense of meaning in both personal and organisational roles for their staff. Each and every organisation on this year’s list has reason to celebrate: I’d like to take the time to say congratulations to all of Ireland’s Best Workplaces 2020!”
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. Our media partner in Ireland is The Irish Times, who develop the annual Best Workplaces Special Report.
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 full 2020 lists of organisations and award winners, as well as rankings from previous years, are available at www.greatplacetowork.ie.