Team engagement and perks for pets have helped the company behind PetSafe® Brand to create an outstanding workplace, found a recent award.
Great Place to Work® recognised Radio Systems PetSafe Europe Ltd (RSPEL) as one of ‘The Best Workplaces in Europe’, ranking it in ninth place.
The accolade follows on from RSPEL achieving second place in the Best Workplaces in Ireland 2017 list in February where it scored a high 93 percent in its culture, trust and employee experience assessment.
RSPEL specialises in innovative companion pet and sport and hunting products. Through PetSafe® Brand it offers comprehensive pet training, health and wellness, waste management and play product solutions. The global SportDOG® Brand also offers training and tracking products for professional trainers and hunters.
Business has grown by 14 percent since it opened its Dundalk office in 2012 and the team has increased by 33 percent to 30 staff. In January 2016 RSPEL started a project to build even better working practices, setting out to improve the company’s organisation, policies and communication to help inspire and motivate its team.
It set-up a six-strong taskforce, each representing an area of the business, to support and drive a range of beneficial projects such as ‘teammate engagement’ and ‘reducing environmental impact’.
With pets at the heart of its business, RSPEL is also passionate about employees’ pets and all staff are entitled to a number of pet perks. These include being allowed to bring dogs into the office, eight hours’ ‘paw-rental’ leave to help new pets settle and three days’ paid pet bereavement leave. RSPEL also helps to cover the cost of pet care, including microchipping, insurance and health check-ups.
David Verdon, general manager at RSPEL, said: “Great Place to Work® is the global authority on workplace culture and to be recognised on the international stage by such a prestigious organisation is just fantastic.
“What makes these awards extra special is that they rest almost entirely on employees’ opinions and it’s them that put companies like us on the list. We wouldn’t have won our place without the amazing feedback from all who work at RSPEL and the dedication, passion and brilliance they bring to their jobs daily.
“We hope that winning this accolade further inspires and motivates employees to continue our mission to deliver the best products and customer experience in the industry.”
The Best Workplaces in Europe is the largest annual survey in the region and this year over 2,000 companies from 19 countries participated. The awards recognise organisations that are dedicated to sustaining high-trust cultures for their employees and winners are decided by evaluating employee and management feedback on areas including trust, culture and policies.
The accolade was presented to the RSPEL team at an awards ceremony in Paris on 8 June 2017.