Joan Rock, Irish Life Assurance (Large Employer winners); Andrew Hayes, Helsinn birex Pharmaceuticals (Medium-Sized Employer winner) and Nicole Quinn, MCI (Small Employer winner) at the FDI National Workplace Wellbeing Day Awards 2017. Picture: Naoise Culhane

Three Dublin companies have won awards for the National Workplace Wellbeing Day Awards this year.

Irish Life Assurance was named Ireland’s Best Large employer, while Helsinn Birex Pharmaceuticals took the honours in the Medium Size category.

The award for Best Small Company went to MCI (formerly Ovation Group), a Dublin destination management company.

Speaking at the award ceremony in Dublin, Dermot Doherty, manager, FDI Health Strategy said: “Today, more employees have access to health and wellbeing initiatives within the workplace than ever before.

“We hope that these award-winning companies will inspire an even greater number of employers to do more in this area by adopting a collaborative approach to employee wellbeing.

“Our recent study showed that only a quarter of Ireland’s workforce takes the recommended level of exercise and that most employees believe that a healthier diet and more exercise in the workplace are likely to provide greater energy and wellbeing.

“This, in return, raises team moral, the overall culture of organisations and leads to higher productivity.”

Alan Quinlan, principal, Mercer Health and Wellness (award sponsors) said: “Ultimately, it’s not about spending more – it’s about targeting spend to have a bigger impact across the general population.

“Organisations that get this right actually make savings on benefits and reduce the costs associated with managing workplace health.”

The judges for the awards included John Treacy, chief executive, Irish Sports Council; Mary Connaughton, director, CIPD Ireland; and Alan Quinlan, principal, Mercer Health and Wellness.

They commended the winners for their fresh and holistic approach to wellbeing and their seamless integration of it into the workplace.

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