Release Date: 21 Jun 2010

The airport got a formal seal of approval when it scooped a top award at the prestigious Irish News Workplace and Employment Awards.

It was named the best small company in the Work, Life and Wellbeing category for its approach to implementing work/life and wellbeing practices, demonstrating leading policies in areas including flexible working, maternity/paternity leave and employee health and welfare.

Michelle Hatfield, HR Director at George Best Belfast City Airport, said:
“We’re delighted to win this award as the wellbeing of our employees is of paramount importance at the airport.

“We feel that health, work and wellbeing are closely linked and need to be addressed together.

“The idea that work is a positive aspect in the lives of our people is absolutely key to our approach to managing staff’s health.

“It helps us attract and retain excellent people and keep them healthy at work, which means we maintain the highest levels of service for our customers.”

Judges praised the airport, saying: "Our winner believes in engaging not just with employees, but with their families too. It actively seeks out ways to be different and better in its approach to work life balance and employee wellbeing.”

A clear focus on the health and work/life balance of its staff has paid dividends for the company in many ways including improved morale, increased motivation and productivity, extremely low absenteeism and very low staff turnover in comparison to other UK airports.

Another bonus is that the airport’s work to put its employees’ needs first has had a knock-on effect, with more and more staff volunteering for health and wellbeing initiatives.

Over 400 people attended the gala black-tie dinner at the Ramada Hotel for the award ceremony.
Department for Employment and Learning Minister Sir Reg Empey congratulated the winners for their success in placing a firm emphasis on individuals and their positive contribution to the Northern Ireland workplace.

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