Back in 2009, The Queenland Tourist Board kicked off an advertising campaign through a website which encouraged people to apply for “The Best Job In The World”: caretaker for the islands of the Great Barrier Reef. The lucky winner was housed for 6 months in a multi-million-dollar villa, and spent his days blogging and creating photo diaries of his experiences in a tropical Paradise.

Jobs like this are few and far between, but the good news is that there are a whole host of incredible organisations who have been recognised as having exceptional working environments, and are much closer to home. One such business is Dublin’s Marker Hotel, recently named as one of the Best Workplaces in Ireland at the Great Place to Work Awards 2017.

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After entering the awards for the first time last year, the hardworking team were delighted to have been recognised as one of the best workplaces in the country, after such a short period of time. Recognition is based on both employee surveys and also an assessment of the organisations policies and practices. As hotel General Manager Charlie Sheil said, “Our team works tirelessly each day to deliver a five star service to our guests and, in return, we are committed to providing our employees with a workplace where they enjoy working and have pride in what they do.”

The key defining feature of a great workplace is the level of trust that exists within it. From an employee’s viewpoint, the definition of a great workplace is one where you trust the people you work with, you have great pride in what you do, and you enjoy the people you work with.


John Ryan, CEO of Great Place to Work® Ireland summed up the importance of employees having a strong degree of confidence in their employers and place of work:

“With institutional trust in low supply throughout the globe, research is showing that business has also suffered a drop in trust. This will have an impact on performance and returns. It’s clear from the results of our assessment survey that employees from Ireland’s Best Workplaces, who are in a unique position to know, believe that clients and customers can trust their organisations. This is an invaluable vote of confidence from their employees, and is probably the reason why staff in the companies are comfortable releasing all their talents to the benefit of those organisations…. The listed organisations this year have separated themselves from their peers by leveraging the power of trust to the benefit of all their stakeholders, and that is why I want to extend my congratulations to one and all on a wonderful achievement”

The 2017 full list of organisations and award winners, as well as rankings from previous years, are available at

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