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Winners: best medium workplaces in Ireland 2018

The 24 winners in the medium category for companies

1. Irish Stock Exchange
The Irish Stock Exchange is involved in listing debt, company shares, funds and exchange traded funds (ETFs). It offers membership to trade shares and Irish Government bonds. It prides itself on being a workplace with a strong people culture and puts emphasis on effectively listening to its people's needs. An example of this is how it gained employee feedback on the design of the new premises it is moving into in 2019. It has shown a deep passion and commitment to fostering a strong high-trust culture over the last number of years and to focusing on career development. As well as an active sports and social club, a staff engagement group and employee wellbeing programme, employees are encouraged to get involved in the company's Corporate Social Reponsibility (CSR) programmes

2. Globoforce
Globoforce is one of the leading social-recognition providers and its solution helps clients improve employee-engagement, employee-retention and corporate culture. One of its many innovative ideas comes from its caring initiative - Globowellness. Employees also show their appreciation by giving their co-workers Globostars, which can be redeemed for travel, shopping and dining. Globoforce runs numerous awareness sessions, competitions, workshops and activities to support its employees' personal health and wellness goals. These are based on three pillars of physical, mental, and social wellness.

3. Cisco
Cisco is a global IT and networking company. It has a big focus on mentoring from the moment an employee starts working for the company. The company is aware of the ever-changing technology industry and constantly updates its employees' skills through machine learning and technology training with the aim of creating tomorrow's leaders. Tuition reimbursement and an employee stock purchase programme are only some of the benefits of working for the company and there's an emphasis on letting employees play to their strengths in the workplace. Staff also have the opportunity to job swap all or part of their job with someone on a temporary or permanent basis.

4. Dun & Bradstreet
Dun & Bradstreet helps its customers build smart relationships through the use of data analytics. It provides career development opportunities for staff with plenty of scope for internal growth. Along with career advancement, there's an emphasis on employee well-being and mental health. The company runs development programmes where people on all levels can select from a variety of classes that can help them grow and develop in the directions they are most passionate about.

5. The Taxback Group
Taxback provides global tax-return filing and tax refund services. It recognises that talent retention is one of the challenges companies face so it implemented an employee share plan which the company reckons is one of the strongest benefits that companies use to retain and incentivise their key staff. It has a strong corporate social responsibility (CSR) approach where employees can donate their time and money to relief efforts at home and abroad. These initiatives are also aided by the use of an employee-led and managed CSR committee, which gives people a chance to make a difference and have real impact within their community.

6. Poppulo
7. Sigmar Recruitment
8. Ergo
9. Bayer Ltd
10. Dropbox Ireland
11. CACI Non-Life
12. Ipsen Manufacturing Ireland Ltd
13. Ibec
14. O'Connor Sutton Cronin
15. Distilled SCH
16. Squarespace
17. Euro Car Parks Ltd
18. IPB Insurance
19. Boojum
20. Retail in Motion
21. The Marker Hotel
22. Volkswagen Group Ireland
23. Sammon Group
24. Provincial Security Services