A smart workplace for smarter ways of working

MOL Slovenija

Putting people first is the central theme of MOL Slovenia’s new workplace. By understanding the company’s values, aspirations and ways of working, Kragelj Architects helped create an activity-based workplace that brings people together and allows them to shine.

The new space reflects MOL’s brand, culture and values, and allows for future growth.

ABOUT MOL SLOVENIJA

MOL Slovenija is a member of MOL Group, a leading Central & East European oil and gas company, headquartered in Budapest, Hungary. Prompted by their growth and evolving work practices, in 2016 MOL Slovenija embarked on the journey to find a better-suited work environment for their teams. They were seeking an engaging, people-centric workplace that boosts individual and team performance while supporting the company’s trust-based, collaborative culture.

MOL Slovenija’s GOALS

MOL moved into their new workplace in early March – a milestone they had been looking forward to for years. With the rapid transformation of the energy sector, developing trusting, collaborative relationships on all levels became increasingly important for MOL to achieve their goals.

MOL Slovenija had outgrown their existing accommodation which also lacked space for teamwork and imposed barriers to communication. In addition, the outdated office failed to support progressive ways of working, promote the behaviors and attitudes valued by the company, or reflect the brand.

Purpose-designed building for an energy sector company.

Valerija Glavač

CEO
“Kragelj has invested a lot of time and effort into getting to know our company, our values, and our vision.”

Starting Issues

MOL Slovenija explored many different options, such as upgrading the old workplace or renting another office in an existing building, before concluding that they needed their own, purpose-designed building. In Kragelj Architects, they found an expert partner to develop the design and assist with change management.
At the start, Kragelj conducted thorough research to understand how employees communicate and work together, and what are the strategic plans of the organization. The consultants and architects also sought feedback from MOL’s leaders and managers as the design developed. The fruit of this collaboration is a unique workplace tailored to the company’s people-centric culture and dynamic ways of working.

The fruit of this collaboration is a unique workplace tailored to the company’s people-centric culture and dynamic ways of working.

A different kind of open space

Kragelj and MOL’s leaders were listening to employees’ thoughts about their future workplace. Moving to an open-plan office was a common reservation since people were under the impression that open space must be noisy and chaotic.

The actual design addressed every concern, and MOL Slovenia’s new home looks nothing like the stereotypical, hectic open office. The workplace is clearly organized and transparent while providing ample privacy.

The workstation areas are quiet, and employees can also choose from a wide variety of individual and team settings, best suited to the task at hand. As they explore the workplace, they find a series of welcoming and unique spaces; no two rooms are the same.

Smart ways of working

The heart of each floor – with informal work lounges, high tables and bar stools – functions as a multi-purpose square where spontaneous interactions are bound to happen. And the adjacent open stairs connect the three floors seamlessly.

The majority of shared spaces, including meeting, collaboration and social areas, are located along the central spine of the building, within easy access of all employees.

The heart of each floor functions as a multi-purpose square where spontaneous interactions are bound to happen.

Teams are accommodated in intimately and acoustically designed open areas – ‘home zones’ – where workstations are organized around the perimeter, allowing people to enjoy daylight and views, supporting cooperation and team cohesion. Managers and department heads have private offices.

This arrangement also helps minimize distractions by separating noisy activities from quiet work. However, unlike the previous office, this dynamic environment is designed to bring different parts of the organization together rather than separate them.

For formal meetings, employees may use five meeting rooms in different designs. For relaxed catch-ups, they can make themselves at home in a casual meeting space with sofas and coffee tables. And the innovation spaces are designed to spark imagination and support creative exchange.

Creating a positive experience

The new environment enhances health and wellbeing in multiple ways. Each employee has a dedicated, ergonomically sound workstation. The lighting provides great visual comfort, and the acoustics of the office are excellent due to the generous use of sound-absorbing surfaces.

The new environment enhances health and wellbeing in multiple ways.

The workplace also encourages physical activity. The floor-to-ceiling whiteboard walls invite people to stand up and engage in active collaboration. Employees can use standing meeting spaces for informal get-togethers. Since exercising makes people healthier and reduces stress, there is also a gym that gives more opportunities for daily workouts and relaxed moments.

Valerija Glavač

CEO

One of the best decisions we made was involving design experts in creating our new workplace. We cooperated with Kragelj, a workplace design specialist. Following the latest market trends that encourage creative work and innovation, they have designed spaces for individual work, cooperation, learning and, of course, socializing.

Individual work is still important, as it represents more than 50 percent of employees’ working time, but we are also devoting more and more time to collaboration and learning. Common areas serve exactly this purpose where our people can have meetings or talk about specific projects.

– Vestnik, March 2021

The new workplace promotes seamless collaboration and knowledge exchange. It’s an inclusive environment that doesn’t just serve individual needs but makes people feel part of the whole. The conference hall is large enough to hold all-company events, and the inviting top-floor cafe and outdoor deck are exciting places for nurturing relationships.

The charming top-floor cafe and outdoor deck are exciting places for nurturing relationships.

Put simply, MOL’s new office is a true representation of this far-reaching, ethical, people-centric organization.

This human-centric environment provides a great experience for employees, reinforcing the message that the organization cares about them. Space reflects MOL’s brand, culture and values, and allows for future growth. Put simply, MOL’s new office is a true representation of this far-reaching, ethical, people-centric organization.

You are welcome to get in touch if you want to hear more about MOL Slovenija’s project, ideas, solutions and lessons learned.

And if you are thinking about upgrading your work environment, let us know your plans and we will be happy to start the discussion.

A manual of the new workplace was created for all employees with useful tips…

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MOL Slovenija Workplace Project
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