The accolade from the Great Place to Work group follows on from RSPEL achieving first place in the Best Workplaces in Ireland 2018 list in February where 100 percent of employees voted the company a great place to work.
Specialising in innovative companion pet and sport and hunting products, RSPEL offers comprehensive pet training, health and wellness, waste management and play product solutions through its PetSafe brand, and training and tracking products for professional trainers and hunters via its global SportDOG brand.
Since it first opened in Dundalk in 2012, business has increased for RSPEL, growing by 25 percent over the last three years and headcount has risen by 50 percent.
In the last year, the company has introduced new programmes such as ‘Creative Thinking’ and ‘Office Improvement’ and established a bi-annual ‘Fantastic Five’ award initiative. Categories include ‘Einstein Idea’ which recognises great creativity and ‘Iron Man/Woman’ which offers those with 12 months’ full attendance an extra three days of annual leave.
RSPEL has also introduced policies to help encourage better work/life balance, offering employees both flexi-time and working from home. It is also focused on employee wellness, having appointed a Wellness Champion who runs a programme that includes a plant-filled wellness room, regular talks from external motivational speakers, wellness breaks and voluntary annual employee health check-ups.
David Verdon, General Manager at RSPEL said: “We’re delighted to have been recognised as a Great Place to Work in Europe for the second year running and to rank in third place is a great achievement, especially given entries have increased 40 percent on last year. None of this would have been possible without our fantastic Dundalk team who continue to demonstrate daily commitment and passion for our brand – this award is theirs. .”
Great Place to Work’s CEO, Michael Bush added: “The organisations on this year’s Best Workplaces in Europe list represent forward-thinking cultures that cultivate inclusion for all. They understand that employees are people first and foremost and provide them with environments where they can be themselves, build strong bonds, and thrive with their peers.”