Workplace Evolution – stepping into 2024

8th January 2024

The evolving world of work is driven by factors including technological advances, changing social and economic conditions, and shifting employee expectations. As we step into 2024, the winds of change continue to sweep through our workplaces, ushering in a new era of innovation, flexibility and adaptability. 

Our team across the globe has been diligently observing and adapting to these changes. Employee wellbeing remains high on the agenda, with a growing emphasis on cultivating a culture of balance and wellbeing, and recognising the importance of a workplace that promotes physical and mental health. With this as a keystone, here we share some of our key insights that are shaping the future of work. 

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Structured choice: formalising your team’s working options to drive success

31st October 2023

The past few years have seen much change in the workplace, as organisations strive to create spaces that cater to their employees’ needs. 

“Workplaces of choice” have enabled staff to choose the way of working that suits them.  While initially driven by need (the Pandemic’s stay at home directive), employees have evolved their choices to suit their own personal circumstances: working from home but within a commutable distance to the office, working in the office, working fully remotely, or a hybrid of these. 

These choices now demand structure to ensure that the impact each has on people and the place of work is the right one for the individual, the team and the organisation as a whole. 

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Smart buildings, smarter implementation

24th October 2023

Why tech matters – but people’s effective use of tech matters more.

More and more investment into technology-assisted workspaces is being made across real estate portfolios.

From our work with many of the world’s leading companies, we’re seeing cutting edge technologies being implemented into workspaces: mobile-activated QR codes replacing traditional keycard access, digital signage and wayfinding to allow easy navigation around a building, mobile apps to find, book and access meeting rooms, and “smart” meeting rooms that recognise who you are, connect you to your meeting and automatically display your relevant presentation.

Technology, and in particular AI, is revolutionising the places we work.

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ESB: a move and change project buzzing with sustainability

24th October 2023

ESB is a leading energy company in Ireland, investing more than €1billion a year to create a low carbon future.

ESB Group (Electricity Supply Board) has been Ireland’s foremost energy company since 1927. The Group’s property function manages its nationwide property portfolio, with approximately 100 properties, including office buildings, depots and yards.

Driven to achieve zero carbon emissions by 2040, ESB is committed to providing clean, affordable and reliable energy and this target drives its business initiatives.

For over five years, MovePlan provided a variety of workplace consultancy services to support the company’s headquarters in Dublin. Initially brought in to undertake workplace surveys and file and storage consultancy, support broadened to include move management, communications and change management support, and business readiness.

Sustainability at the heart of building design

The most recent project saw MovePlan support ESB in its move into redeveloped sustainable headquarters in Lower Fitzwilliam Street in Dublin. The refurbished building placed environmental initiatives at its core.

The premises’ sustainability features include biophilic design, incorporating nature into the design process, which has been proven to enhance people’s wellbeing, creativity and productivity. The design has also ensured that the space is fresh, open and flexible for future needs.

With the site being a “near zero building” specific examples of the environment being at the forefront of workplace design include the building being fully electric, with hybrid air conditioning, low water sanitary fittings, rainwater collection and well water collection, and solar PV. Finally, the roof has been turned into a sustainable habitat, complete with ESB’s very own bees supplying its canteen with homemade honey.

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MovePlan and ESB Group: how to effectively transition to a newly transformed space

24th October 2023

MovePlan EMEA recently hosted a roundtable with Sinéad Conlon, Programme Manager at ESB Group, Ireland’s foremost energy company.

MovePlan recently completed a major project with the company, supporting Sinéad and her team to deliver the business readiness activity and move to ESB’s new headquarters at 27 Lower Fitzwilliam Street, Dublin 2.

The project saw the transition of around 1,500 ESB staff from nine buildings in three locations across Dublin, into ESB’s new sustainable and energy efficient Grade A head office building in Dublin’s Georgian core. To read more about the project, head to the case study here.

The roundtable discussion provided insight and created further discussion into the project.

Attended by a mixture of Estates and Facilities professionals across a mixture of public and private sector organisations of key interest to the group was the investment in employee engagement and leadership buy-in, alongside a focus on effective space utilisation.

Read on to find out more.

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