Irish Coast Guard is officially a ‘Great Place to Work’

Howth Coast Guard. Pic: Declan Keogh / Emergency Times

The Irish Coast Guard has been certified as a ‘Great Place to Work’.

The Coast Guard partnered with the Great Place to Work Institute in 2019 to develop and implement an engagement programme with staff and volunteers as the organization undergoes an extensive programme of reform. An engagement tool called the ‘Trust Index & Culture Assessment (TCA)’ was made available to all Coast Guard personnel and was specifically designed to collect their personal perspectives on the organisation and on wider reform activities.

Eugene Clonan, Acting Director of the Irish Coast Guard commented on the GPTW certification and said “We are delighted to be recipients of this year’s ‘Great Place to Work’ award. Engaging in the programme has allowed us to hear the perspectives of all our Coast Guard members and to create a ‘just’ culture that encourages open engagement and supports the Coast Guard’s wider programme of reform. We are proud of our teams and their certification as Great Places to Work and will continue to work together to continuously improve our organisation and resolve the many challenges that remain.”

This GPTW process is more than just a simple survey of attitudes of those working in the organisation and our volunteers around the coast. It is about building a sense of ownership and trust across the Coast Guard, where people can feel empowered to develop as individuals, highlight issues of concern without fear and engage in a constructive and solution-oriented way to the challenges that face a strongly community-based organisation.

Mr. Clonan said “We are an organisation that has been through some traumatic events over the last 5 years and we are keen to learn from these events. That is at the heart of this initiative – a clear demonstration that we are willing to learn, develop and improve how we do what we do. The icing is that this work is being recognised by an outside organisation.”

The Irish Coast Guard (IRCG) is currently embarking upon a programme of reform in response to the recommendations within Reports, No. MCIB/266 and the AQE – Review of the Oversight of Search and Rescue (SAR) Aviation Operations in Ireland (2018).

To accurately inform the projects and work-streams associated with this programme, the IRCG partnered with the Great Place To Work (GPTW) Institute to support and enable Coast Guard personal to feedback on the organisation and it’s programme of reform.

The GPTW institute is an international audit & accreditation brand headquartered in San Francisco and whose Irish affiliate is managed from Hambleden House, Dublin 2.

File Photo: Howth Coast Guard. Pic: Declan Keogh / Emergency Times

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