Thirteen leading Irish companies were recognised for their world-class commitment to people development at the Excellence in People Development Awards, held in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Santry.
The event, hosted by the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) in conjunction with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), celebrated the success of finalists representing a range of industries, including pharmaceuticals, education and healthcare.
Broadcaster and entrepreneur Bobby Kerr was the MC for the evening and Minister of State for Business and Employment, Ged Nash T.D. presented a total of 21 awards to finalists and category winners. The ceremony was a recognition of the commitment shown by Irish companies to standards of excellence, and it reinforces Ireland’s ability to excel on the world stage, across a range of industries.
The event also celebrated the success of eight companies that received certification from the well-known people management standard – Excellence Through People (ETP). Currently, ETP is being used by many of Ireland’s most successful organisations as part of their strategies for becoming more efficient, productive, flexible, competitive and innovative.
The category winners at the Excellence in People Development Awards were:
- Category 1: Olive Media for its innovative use of technology, flexibility of use for the end user and contribution to induction management in its campaign with Tesco.
- Category 2: Version 1 for its campaign for a model the firm developed for the long-term successful integration of the people and systems of merged entities.
- Category 3: The Naval Service for its success in designing an internationally recognised programme facilitating an increase in capability to meet the challenges of the 21st century relating to its diving school.
- Category 4: EMC for the Business Needs Analysis tool its HR Division developed to assist the company’s operational units in strategy development.
The big winner on the night was Version 1, which won both Category 1 and the overall Excellence in People Development award.
From left: Mike McDonnell, Managing Director of CIPD; Jennifer Dolan and Jarlath Dooley of Version1; Minister of State for Business and Employment, Ged Nash T.D.; and Maurice Buckley, CEO, NSAI
Winners received handmade trophies by metal artist Ronan Halpin, whose work is popular with well-known public figures, such as former US President Bill Clinton and the late poet Seamus Heaney.
See the photographs of the night and the winners from 2014: EIPD Awards 2014 in pictures
Fergal O’Byrne, Head of Business Excellence at NSAI, said he was delighted to see that so many leading Irish companies recognise that their best competitive edge is their staff – the people who make sure things happen on a daily basis.
He added: “Investing in staff creates a knowledge-based, efficient workforce, which in turn leads to many benefits for organisations. Employees that are encouraged to continuously improve are more likely to have new ideas and adapt to new technologies and methods, resulting in an improvement in products and services at a time when companies must constantly create and innovate to meet growing customer demands.”
The finalists for the Excellence in People Development Awards were West Pharmaceuticals, the Abbey Theatre, the Naval Service, Lisk Ireland Ltd, Olive Media, Aramark, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Fónua, Version 1, FINEOS, Laya Healthcare, EMC and LEO Pharma.
The companies that received Excellence Through People certification were FCm Travel Solutions; Defence Forces — 2 Brigade; Department of Social Protection SDU; HSE Dublin North East; Human Resources Department, Defence Forces Training Centre; Commission for Communications Regulation; National EmployAbility and the Naval Service.
NSAI improves the performance of Irish business and protects all consumers. It is Ireland’s official standards and measurement body.
EIPD Awards 2015
Closing date for submissions is Friday 23rd October 2015.