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Sharon Doyle

Head of Human Resources and Corporate Affairs, Bord na Móna

The Great Place to Work certification is a positive sign that an organisation has created a company culture that fosters trust, fairness and togetherness among its employees.

Bord na Móna now wants to make its ‘great place to work’ ambition official and has recently set out to achieve Great Place to Work accreditation.

Educational opportunities and growth support

“Our commitment to employee personal and professional development is another way to connect colleagues to our culture and strategic vision,” explains Sharon Doyle. “Our education support scheme encourages, supports and rewards staff in their endeavours to further their education while enhancing their own knowledge and skill set. In turn, this adds value to their role within the company.”

Bord na Móna launched the ‘Pathways to the Future’ programme in 2022, supporting graduates pursuing careers in renewable energy and climate solutions. The programme consists of three pathways: a Graduate Pathway, a Scholarship Pathway and an Apprenticeship Pathway. All three pathways provide opportunities for younger people to work on the frontline of climate action and sustainable economic development.

Indeed, every staff member has the chance to upskill should they wish to do so. As part of a learning and talent initiative, all colleagues have access to LinkedIn Learning — an online training platform with a digital library of over 6,000 courses.

Our commitment to employee personal
and professional development is another
way to connect colleagues to our
culture and strategic vision.

Flexibility for employee work-life balance

What’s more, the company operates a Hybrid Working Policy, which gives colleagues a chance to balance their work and life together, providing for increased wellbeing and work satisfaction. This affords them the highest levels of trust, dignity and respect while ensuring the highest standards of people performance.

“Work-life balance policies, health and wellbeing programmes and training support initiatives are intrinsic to positive employee wellbeing,” says Doyle. “We believe they are central to helping our company become a great place to work.”

Through our commitment to creating and maintaining a work environment and culture that enables our team to thrive, we recognise the need to constantly improve our pillars of wellbeing, diversity and professional development. We believe that the future of Bord na Móna is green, bright and full of opportunity for everyone, from graduates to seasoned professionals and, together, we can build a better future for Ireland.

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