Webinar discussion on the future of the workplace post covid-19
Webinar on Sustainability in FM - Emerging Technologies
Sustainability is an increasingly important issue for many of us, especially in the FM world. Climate change continues to affect our lives as well as the fate of all other species around the planet. According to NASA research, human activity is causing the planet to get warmer.In 2015, the UN published their 17 Goals to Transform Our World. These Sustainable Development Goals were a call for action by all countries – poor, rich and middle-income – to promote prosperity while protecting the planet. These goals have permeated their way through international and government policy and are starting to have a real impact on legislative requirements. When coupled with the raging fires and flooding that we see on our screens, the very real threat of climate change is becoming evident in our day to day lives.
These changes in both legislative & corporate guidance and in terms of environmental impacts are having a real effect on the workplace and the workforce. The question is who takes responsibility from a corporate perspective to tackle these challenges. Who can lead the way and have a real impact on stopping and reversing the impact of climate change and bringing about a sustainable decarbonised workplace as part of our wider economy, country and environment?
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Bernard MacOscair MBA MSc BEng PMP
Delight to host this webinar with Portobello Institute on the 22nd of June 2021.
A really fantastic line-up of speakers with Aine Mulcahy from OCS, Joan Mulvihill from Siemens, and Tomás MacEoin from Hereworks.
Workplace Strategy in a VUCA environment
The challenges facing Facilities Managers in 2020 has significantly changed over the past number of years - climate change, political uncertainty, the banking crisis, and now the Corona Virus are all changing the workplace, not just for Facilities Management but for society and the world we live in.
There can be no denying that in a world characterized by VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous environment), Facilities and Workplace leaders now have a choice to make, accept the unknown and focus on reacting in the moment or seek out new ways to observe and proactively guide their workplace in a manner that will counteract the risks and impacts associated with our new VUCA environment.
So how can we move not just from reactive to proactive, but to adaptive?
I recently undertook a strategic review on how to adapt and present a dynamic approach to mitigate the risk associated with VUCA, allowing organizations to develop strategies that not only ensure long-term sustainable prosperity but also seek out the opportunity to leverage the benefits of a VUCA environment.
The challenge is to change how we plan strategically and to base our strategy in the core principles of change management.
My 4 Ds model focuses on the key changes that need to be implemented to deliver long term success
Drive Change - Don’t wait for the burning platform before seeking to change. Kotter’s eight step model works well
Data - Workplace technologies, IT platforms, and ERP systems - ensuring real time internal information to be able to react immediately to an event, combined with Local Knowledge utilization, therefore adapting to trigger points to improve decision-making in an accelerated fashion
Dynamic - Agile and dynamic Leadership and resource management to steer the organization through the changing environment at pace.
Change isn’t just coming, it’s here! We now live and work in a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world and the sooner the facilities and workplace industry embraces it, the better it will be for our customers and clients.
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