Irish digital services firm TEKenable is moving to a smaller office as a result of the success of remote working.
Scaling Irish tech firm TEKenable has doubled its headcount in the last five years but is now moving to a smaller office in Dublin. It is understood that the new office will be one-third the size of the original one.
Why? Well the business, which has just been recognised as the 15th Best Medium Workplace in Ireland for 2023 is downsizing because of the success of remote working.
“The requirement for attending an office was constraining growth by requiring recruitment from a specific geographic area and with Dublin in particular which meant dealing with the lack of housing or extended commute times”
TEKenable, which currently employs 160 people, regularly surveys employees about the culture of the organisation and asks them about their preferred working model.
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“Prior to the pandemic, 50% of our workforce was already remote across our offices in the UK, Ireland, Hungary, Spain, UAE and the Middle East so many of our teams were set up for the format and flexible schedules were the norm,” explained Nick Connors, group CEO, TEKenable.
“When the pandemic hit, technology was not a problem and the transition for the entire company proved so seamless that we were ready to change course and gave our employees the choice of in-house or remote working. Remote working won out and our teams are functioning more efficiently than ever before. It has become increasingly clear that our employees are happiest and did their best work when they had the flexibility to determine where and when they work best.”
“The requirement for attending an office was constraining growth by requiring recruitment from a specific geographic area and with Dublin in particular which meant dealing with the lack of housing or extended commute times,” adds Peter Rose, Group CTO, TEKenable. “The biggest advantage is access to talent in places where we do not have offices and the benefit that brings.”
In the recent Great Place to Work assessment, TEKenable was recognised as the 15th Best Medium Workplace in Ireland 2023. This is TEKenable’s first year to be named as a top Irish workplace which is based on direct feedback from employees.
“We as a company really value diversity and a people-first culture,” Connors concluded. “Our values are a part of that foundation, and things like having trust in your employees and knowing that they will make decisions that are the best balance for their life and job maximising both is part of that.”
Connors said the new, smaller office will be used as ‘conversation space’ for meetings, collaboration and events.
Main image at top: TEKenable founders CEO Nick Connors and CTO Peter Rose