Mallinckrodt Ireland has been named a 2019 recipient of the prestigious KeepWell Mark™, an evidence-based accreditation that recognizes employers for their commitment to employee health, safety and wellbeing. The KeepWell Mark is awarded by the Irish Business and Employers Confederation (IBEC) to recognize and celebrate organizations that put the wellbeing of employees at the forefront of company policy.
Recognizing the importance of health and wellness in the workplace, a cross-functional Wellbeing team spearheaded by Gabi Kluge, HR Generalist led the accreditation process, which began in January.
“The KeepWell Mark is an independent external assessment that demonstrates that we are prioritizing employee wellness and in doing so making Mallinckrodt Ireland a great place to work,” said David Keenan, Vice President, Global Operations & Managing Director. “As a company we are committed to staying on this journey and have a very active Employee Wellness committee to ensure that we continue this important program.”
The accreditation process included a self-assessment, employee focus groups, interviews with the management team and an onsite assessment from an IBEC-approved external assessor. In order to gain accreditation, a company must demonstrate commitment, achievement or excellence across eight key pillars of employee wellness: leadership, absence management, smoke free, physical activity, health & safety, mental health, healthy eating and intoxicants. MNK Ireland was awarded one gold, five silver and two bronze designations under these categories.
Throughout the year, the Wellbeing Team coordinated a variety of wellness seminars including The Power of Positive Thinking, The Sugar Connection Clinic and 4 Golden Rules of Sleep. Additional activities ranged from monthly on-site physiotherapy, health coach assessments, heartbeat screenings, oral health checks and a 6-week yoga program.
One of the largest initiatives organized by the Wellbeing team was a Walk to Wellbeing on National Workplace Wellbeing Day. Participants at the College Business & Technology Park site walked a total of 119.7 km.
Upcoming wellbeing programs include optical screenings and activities to support World Suicide Prevention Day and National Fitness Day.