In the employee survey assessment, RSPEL achieved top marks, with 100 percent of staff declaring the company a Great Place to Work, a three percent increase on last year’s score.
The company also achieved highly in its overall score – which measures culture, trust and employee experience – achieving 98 percent, far exceeding 70 percent, the minimum to achieve certification.
In the last year, RSPEL has introduced policies to help encourage better work/life balance, offering employees both flexi-time and working from home. On top of more traditional perks, as a petcentric business RSPEL also offers perks to ensure employees have great relationships with their pet.
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: “We are absolutely thrilled to have been given the accolade of Ireland’s best workplace by such a prestigious organisation, it’s a great achievement for our business.
“Over the last year we’ve been focused on gaining a better understanding of our customers’ needs, improving teamwork and enhancing employee wellness and it’s fantastic to have this work noticed.
“Every team member has helped in this achievement, so I take my hat off to each and every one of them. We are now focused on continuing to improve the business and to positively impact on the lives of our customers and their pets.”
John Ryan, CEO of Great Place to Work Ireland said: “It’s been a mixed year for Irish workplaces who have seen good trading growth is tempered by ongoing uncertainty over the impact Brexit will have.
“Infrastructure challenges are making planning for expansion difficult, and we’re on the threshold of full employment in our cities which creates a real headache for organisations who are trying to attract and retain top talent.
“The organisations on this year’s list know that beyond a certain point, employees aren’t going to be tempted by a slightly more generous financial package: they want an environment where they feel psychologically safe, encouraged to grow, provided with opportunities to develop, and empowered to do their best work.”