Successful B2B event with Abbott diagnostics

Last week’s Business Connect event with Abbott Diagnostics in Longford was a huge success. Businesses from near and far were in attendance and the tour of the facility was insightful, with strategies on employee retention and engagement.


The evening started off with Sven Spollen-Behrens speaking about the SFA and how important small businesses are to the Irish economy. Following Sven were three senior Abbott Diagnostics representatives: Ciaran Corcoran, Site Director; Stephen Kelleher, Business Excellence Manager; and Helena Warnock, HR Manager. They spoke about the MÓR model for self-diagnostics in lean manufacturing and best-practices, the Shingo model and how to create a culture of excellence, and the Abbott Mentorship Program. A core takeaway – they take their hiring practices very seriously and only hire the absolute best.


Afterwards, the tour of the facility showed some insight into how Abbott Diagnostics keeps their employees engaged. They use team boards which they must keep up to date on their performance and at a glance anyone can tell how the teams are doing. These boards are scattered all throughout the office, every team has one, and the best-looking board is given special recognition. These boards are a sense of pride among the teams, and it reflects in the work that they do. Something they mentioned is that they are re-examining the way they reward millennial employees so that their higher-than-industry-average employee retention remains in place going forward.


Keep an eye out for the next Business Connect event, where you can learn some helpful tips. The SFA will always be helping business to do business.

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