Wright Insurance Brokers is proud to announce its selection as the ‘Best Place to Work’ in the Carlow Business Awards, announced at the awards ceremony in September 2017.
Judging criteria focussed on the employees’ view of company ethos. Elements such as – do find their leaders credible, respectful and fair, were considered. The judges also considered whether employees take pride in the work they do, and do they share a sense of camaraderie with their fellow workers. The evaluation of Carlow’s Best Place to Work looked at programmes, policies and practices that have been put in place by the business leaders for the team, along with surveying a sample of employees at the business. The winning company must demonstrate how they are achieving the organisational goals, through people doing their personal best and working together as a team.
John McHugh, Commercial Director of Wright Insurance Brokers commented; “As a company operating in a sector that is highly reliant on personal relationships, individual expertise and specialised technical knowledge, Wright Insurance Brokers recognises that our most powerful asset is our team. There is a high focus on staff retention and on creating a culture of transparency and fairness in all of our dealings with team members, across departments and at all management levels.” To achieve this Wright Insurance Brokers has implemented a number of programmes, with the support of employee focus groups, and an annual employee engagement survey.
Training and development is a key pillar underpinning the approach. Team members are actively encouraged to undertake further education, beyond the minimum regulatory requirements for CPD, in pursuit of career development. The company supports this, both financially by paying fees and, with study leave for exam preparation and attendance. When new roles become available the company has a track record of prioritising internal recruitment ensuring that current employees are given the opportunity to progress before recruiting externally. At present, a third of the team is participating in a programme of further education, and eight team members have been promoted internally since January.
Wright Insurance Brokers would like to thank all of our team for nominating the company and for contributing to this award win. Special thanks also to Barrow Training who sponsored the award category, and to Carlow Chamber for facilitating the awards initiative.