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NCI in the Top 100 Workplaces for Wellness

Coffee Morning

Last Friday saw the 10th annual National Workplace Wellbeing Day. NCI was delighted to join with nearly 1,000 other companies across the country marking the occasion with a variety of events to suit all interests. Kicking off with a coffee morning that also acted as a fundraiser for Jigsaw, the day moved through art, gardening, and a chance to socialise with food, before ending with popcorn and a movie in The Kelly Theatre.

The joy of the day was doubled for NCI with the news that the College had once again made Ibec's Top 100 Companies Leading in Wellbeing index, in association with the Business & Finance media group. The index recognises the top 100 businesses of all sizes for their exceptional contribution to employees' social, mental, and physical wellbeing.

National College of Ireland takes a 'whole person' approach to everyone in its community. The supports that are available to students, alongside the highest level of academic rigour and industry expertise, are mirrored in supports for staff, delivered through the HR Department and the NCI Employee Assistance Programme.

Some of NCI's HR Team, May 2024

Some of NCI's HR team: Deirdre McCarthy, EDI & Training Manager; Ciara Jackson, HR Consultant; Mary Connelly, Director of HR; Lar McDonald, HR Consultant.

Ibec CEO Danny McCoy said: “As we celebrate the 10th anniversary of National Wellbeing Day, I would like to offer congratulations to the companies included in the top 100 index. These are companies that have consistently demonstrated their strategic approach to and understanding of wellbeing in the workplace. Previously, the focus of workplace wellbeing initiatives revolved primarily around physical health. However, there has been a notable shift in employee expectations towards prioritising a positive and inclusive culture, underpinned by empathetic leadership. This evolution underscores the significance of psychological safety in reshaping workplace dynamics and redefining the criteria for effective leadership. It is crucial for companies to allocate resources towards leadership development initiatives that place emphasis on empathy, active listening, and vulnerability. Recognising the importance of cultivating these cultural cornerstones to foster a supportive environment can yield substantial improvements in performance and overall outcomes.”

Ian Hyland, Publisher, Business & Finance said: “We celebrate the work our partners Ibec are doing to place employee wellbeing at the top of a company's priority list and Ibec's Leading in Wellbeing 100 Index recognises the companies who are successfully doing that. Businesses know that the wellness of the entire team plays a core part of a business strategy to cultivate a healthy and rewarding working environment which is crucial for business and employee development.”

picture of NCI Wellness Week cupcake