If the Covid-19 pandemic has taught us anything, it is that certain basics in life are essential. Fancy restaurants? Weekends on the continent? Sports? All ultimately unnecessary.
But society cannot function without buses and trains. Nurses, doctors, grocers and other essential workers continue to need transportation amid the crisis.
Last year’s Best Employer poll, released when the most restrictive effects of the pandemic were still a reality, placed state-owned transport companies Irish Rail and Dublin Bus in second and third place overall, beaten only by Google. This year, both companies rank fifth and twelfth respectively, joined by sister company Bus Éireann in 64th place.
All three companies, which together employ around 10,000 people, have made great strides in the relationship between employees, management and unions. After a period when strikes in transportation always seemed a real threat, the tone of industrial relations in the former CIE companies seems less like trench warfare.
Dublin Bus in particular has worked hard to promote diversity and to better reflect the community it serves.
In public transport, too, the meaningfulness in relation to climate change is growing. New low-emission buses are a visible sign that real answers are finally arriving, albeit too slowly. Slow progress in the electrification of the S-Bahn network will hopefully soon be noticeable locally. The fare reductions of the last few weeks are also a very visible signal that some politicians are finally taking public transport seriously.
Optimism undoubtedly helps explain higher job satisfaction. Not only the state transport companies benefit from this new determination.
Check out a post. It has entered the list at number 24 from number eight in 2021. It’s a company that has very successfully reinvented itself under CEO David McRedmond.
What had long felt like a business in a state of managed decline since email began killing the letter has become a crucial part of the new world of online shopping. The postman has recently become the most important point of contact with the outside world for many people. An Post has also shown its caring side with its free Address Point service, which provides a permanent address for the non-resident.
The good mood around logistics also extends to the private sector. DPD, Fedex and DHL also scored well in this survey. Their visibility in the housing developments and rural lanes of Ireland has never been higher.
All of that optimism and sense of real purpose in the transportation and logistics industry has a very real impact on the businesses themselves. At a time of dire labor shortages across many industries, being a can offer a working environment in which one can feel comfortable.
https://www.independent.ie/business/irelands-best-employers/focus-on-transport-the-satisfaction-of-keeping-those-wheels-turning-41670252.html Focus on Transport: The satisfaction of keeping those wheels turning