Why flexibility wins at Morgan McKinley

Submitted By Helen Gallagher - Thu, 03/24/2016 - 08:38

Michele Holly, Helen Gallagher, Susan Nix, Natasha Hawkes and April Galligan from Morgan McKinley Dublin enjoy the view from Gravity Bar at the HR Champion Awards in the Guinness Storehouse on March 10th 2016. 

It's been a very busy awards season for the People team here in Morgan McKinley and we are delighted with our successes over the past couple of weeks!

We came 5th in our size category at the Great Places to Work awards, re-qualified as a Gold Standard Best Managed Company at the Deloitte Best managed companies awards, and at the Institute of Training and Development Awards we were awarded the title of ‘Best Learning and Development Organisation’ in the medium organisation size category.

We were in fantastic company at all these events and had the opportunity to meet exceptionally talented and committed groups of people,  truly invested in the people agenda within their organisations.

Morgan McKinley was shortlisted for Best Engagement Strategy at the recent HR Champion Awards, held in the Guinness Storehouse.  Although we did not win this award, (Congratulations Kuehne + Nagel on your achievement!) we were delighted to receive special commendation at the awards night for our ‘Return to Work Programme’, a programme which we launched last year in an effort to support our people returning to work from a long period of absence such as maternity leave.

The programme involves having an assigned return to work mentor who meets with the returning employee regularly and ensures they are fully up to date on any business changes - operational and strategic. There is also a flexible working opportunity which allows new mums to come back to work on a phased basis working a reduced week or shorter working hours for the first month, without any impact on salary. The feedback on this programme has been excellent and has made the process of coming back to work after maternity leave a relaxed, enjoyable and exciting experience for our people. 

Every year we measure engagement and trust levels within our Irish business using the Great Places to Work survey. In our most recent survey results, the engagement levels of our people with pre-primary age dependents increased significantly, with 88% of this group believing they are encouraged to balance their work and home life (an increase of 22% compared to last year). This is an extremely positive indicator of success for us and ensures we are well positioned to drive the success of our organisation through  meeting the personal and professional needs of our people. 

If you are interested in hearing more why not view the recorded interview where an employee discusses her first-hand experience of the Return to Work programme.