AbbVie award of Ibec KeepWell Mark reflects the company’s ongoing support of employee health. 

AbbVie, the global biopharmaceutical company which has a commercial headquarters in Dublin, has been presented with the Ibec KeepWell Mark. The award is an evidence-based accreditation given for Irish employers who significantly investing in workplace health and well-being. AbbVie, which employs more than 700 people across five commercial and manufacturing sites in Ireland, is one of first biopharmaceutical/pharmaceutical companies to receive the workplace health and well-being accolade. Ibec states that the aim of the award is to help businesses benchmark workplace well-being activity through a series of systematic and methodical steps. This focus on industry leading employee wellbeing also contributed to AbbVie being named as the No.2 Best Large Workplace in Ireland at the recent 2019 Great Place to Work awards. The company co-ordinates its approach to employee health and wellbeing through a programme titled ‘AbbVie Vitality’. This initiative includes resources and tools which encourage a holistic approach to health and its success has been based on the company providing organisational support for employee proactivity on managing their personal well-being. Using this cross-site Vitality programme, AbbVie has made a strong commitment to improving its workplace wellbeing practices since its formation in 2013.

Activities have included a wide range of initiatives focusing on enhancing employees’ physical health and the prevention of illness, as well as seeking to improve mental and psychosocial well-being Commenting on the receipt of the KeepWell Mark, Miriam Cunningham, Occupational Nurse with AbbVie and Vitality Lead, said the company continuously looked for ways to help its people balance their work and personal lives. “We have improved and coordinated a number of wellness projects over the past number of years to so that we can create a safe, secure and pleasant working environment for all of our people. “The Ibec KeepWell Mark provides us with a fantastic evidence-based framework, enabling us not only to benchmark our wellness initiatives against our peers but also helping us to progress in areas that provide the most impact for our people and business,” she added. The KeepWell Mark framework includes a self-assessment and an onsite assessment from an Ibec approved external assessor. The accreditation takes a holistic approach focusing on eight key areas of potential improvement that can affect business performance  leadership; absence management; smoke free; physical activity; health & safety; mental health; healthy eating. Each assessment culminates with a report that outlines areas for improvement.