Tayto Snacks named one of the Best Workplaces in Ireland
Award is "a credit to the brilliant team that we have working in Tayto Snacks", says MD John O'Connor
29 March 2021 | 0
Tayto Snacks has been officially recognised as one of the Best Workplaces in Ireland in 2021. Tayto Snacks was recognised at the 19th annual Great Place to Work at the ‘Best Workplaces in Ireland’ awards which, for the first time, took the form of a virtual broadcast. This is Tayto Snacks’ first year to be named as a top Irish workplace, which was assessed through Great Place to Work’s robust ‘Trust Index’ employee survey, and a thorough ‘Culture Audit’ assessment of its policies and practices.
Tayto Snacks was recognised as one of the Best Large Workplaces in Ireland 2021. This award comes in addition to the certification of Tayto Snacks as a Great Place to Work in 2020.
John O’Connor, managing director at Tayto Snacks described the result as fantastic. “To receive such recognition during these challenging times is a credit to the brilliant team that we have working in Tayto Snacks,” he said. “It is through open communication, honest feedback, and the engagement of our entire team that we have earned this great achievement. I am so proud to be on this journey with our colleagues, to make Tayto Snacks an even greater place to work.”
Tayto Snacks employs almost 400 staff at its 80,000sq ft manufacturing facility, and indirectly supports a large group of industries and jobs across Ireland. The business is particularly proud to have received this certification during the Covid-19 pandemic as the process is focused on communicating with, and listening to, employees.
The Tayto Snacks broad portfolio of much-loved Irish brands includes Tayto, Hunky Dorys, Hula Hoops and KP Nuts. Tayto Snacks is a proud supporter of Irish farmers and sources almost 30,000 tonnes of potatoes from Irish farms each year. The potatoes, which are primarily sourced from farms based in Meath, Dublin, Louth and Wexford, equate to approximately 10% of the nation’s annual potato crop.
Cathal Divilly, CEO at Great Place to Work Ireland, said “the fundamentals” had become even more important during the pandemic. “In a year where the concept of ‘place’ was unexpectedly ripped apart from the concept of ‘work’, these organisations have shown the strength and resilience that underlies the Great Place to Work ethos,” he said.
“Having developed a deep sense of trust within and across their teams, they have proved that anywhere – from a manufacturing facility to a spare bedroom – can be a Great Place to Work,” Divilly added. “What matters are the fundamentals: treating your employees with fairness and respect, and keeping them up to speed with relevant, authentic, and honest communication.”