At Verus Metrology, we have always believed our greatest asset is our people. So, we are extremely proud and excited to be certified as a Great Place to Work. This certification is an acknowledgment of the care and dedication of each member of our team and the fantastic work they do to build a positive company culture and deliver for our customers.
Yvette Haughey, Group Finance & HR Director at Verus Metrology, welcomed the latest achievement for the award-winning organization. Yvette said:
Being recognized as a Great Place to Work underpins some of our organization’s key initiatives. These include our growing apprenticeship program, employee-led shadow board, and focused mentor and leadership training.
As part of the certification, Verus Metrology now has a dedicated page on the Great Place to Work website.
What is Great Place to Work?
Great Place to Work Ireland is part of the global Great Place to Work organization that aims to raise standards in workplaces for all employees. It works with organizations on company culture, and it operates a certification program where companies are independently assessed on how they operate. A substantial proportion of this assessment comes from the thoughts and experiences of employees.
Employing 38 staff, Verus Metrology serves globally in the Medical Device, Pharmaceutical, FMCG, and Biosciences sectors. The company has been strategically partnering with clients in these sectors since 2008.
The Great Place to Work Assessment Process
There are two main elements to the Great Place to Work assessment process. The first is a Culture Audit that involves the company providing detailed information on five key areas:
- Trust – what makes Verus a great place to work, as well as how and why we create this environment
- Human potential – how we help our employees reach their full potential and achieve their goals
- Values – our guiding principles and core values
- Leadership – the business and leadership strategy, as well as how we communicate across the organization
- Innovation – how we facilitate employees to innovate and push boundaries in the metrology field
The other, crucial part of the assessment is a survey that all employees are asked to respond to. The threshold for completing this survey is very high at over 90 percent. This ensures the information gathered is an accurate reflection of the opinions and feelings of those working in the company.
The survey is also completely anonymous to encourage employees to be open and honest when expressing their thoughts and opinions.
It is highly detailed, too. There are 75 questions across 17 categories that range from communication and involvement to career and development. Most importantly, the initiative recognizes diversity and inclusion within the organization also. Several of the questions involve selecting the most relevant option from a list. However, there are also some open-ended questions that employees can use to give more detail.
Certified as a Great Place to Work
Mark Devanney, Design Engineer at Verus Metrology, helped organize the survey and acted as the main contact for Great Place to Work Ireland. He said:
There are always challenges when conducting an exercise like this. Everyone is busy working on important projects for clients, so it can be a bit daunting trying to find the time to complete a 75-question survey. There is sometimes a bit of nervousness about the level of anonymity too.
I have to say, though, the team was fantastic in getting the survey back. Of course, we were delighted with the results that were presented to us by Great Place to Work. For example, 100 percent of people said the customer/client is at the center of everything that we do here at Verus, while 90 percent feel they can count on the cooperation of their colleagues. Those are big numbers.
Company culture is something that should always be a work-in-progress, but we have a great team here at Verus. That gives us an excellent foundation to build on, and to achieve our growth plans for the future.
Yvette echoed these thoughts, adding:
We are enormously proud of our valued team and the trust and belief they have in our organization. This award gives us real confidence as we guide our organization towards further growth.
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