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In 2020, we narrowed our gender pay gap, increased investment in our management systems and continued progress on our solar energy initiative to name a few of the important steps taken in our journey to sustainability, below details the other achievements we have made in relation to Decent Work and Economic Growth in 2020.

Health and safety of our employees

Health and safety

At An Post, the health and safety of our employees and customers is at the forefront of our ethos. COVID-19 provided An Post with a number of challenges but our priority and focus centred on our employees’ health and wellbeing and to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We immediately introduced safety measures such as all non-essential employees to work from home, the splitting shifts in our Delivery Service Units to reduce the possibility of close contacts and the provision of protective barriers in our Post Offices. A reduction in our road traffic accident rate and employee injuries was also evident in 2020.

Diversity, equality & inclusion

An Post’s Diversity, Equality and Inclusion (DEI) strategy for 2020 focused on organisational strategic change. By strengthening internal governance and building a Diversity and Inclusion team, policy frameworks are aligning the direction of An Post’s business structures with the DEI strategic pillars of Gender, Intergenerational, Ability Spectrums, LGBTQ advocacy and Ethnicity. In 2020, through Diversity Charter Ireland, we continued our voluntary commitment to strong diversity management, preventing discrimination and promoting equality for all.

Employees with disabilities

Currently 4.6% of our employees have disclosed a disabilitiy to An Post, which exceeds the 3% employment target for persons with disabilities as per the Disability Act 2005. This is a decrease compared to 2019 owing to a variety of factors, including employee retirement.

Flexible working options

An Post provides many flexible working options to promote a healthy work-life balance. Additionally, during COVID-19, we committed to supporting employees with caring responsibilities and dependent children (while schools and childcare facilities were closed) by offering ‘special paid leave’. 827 employees also availed of ‘term time leave’ in 2020 to take extended leave during the school summer holidays.

Our focus on our employees

Zero hour contracts

An Post does not believe in supporting the gig economy.  We are committed to providing all of our employees with fulfilling, secure careers with opportunities for professional development. In 2020, we maintained our commitment to no zero-hour contracts.

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