Bupa – redefining the workplace and implementing hybrid work
We've been working with Bupa for five years. Our first task was to come up with a new workplace design that reflected the organisation’s priorities. It also needed to deliver savings by cutting the size of Bupa’s property portfolio. We have since supported the implementation of the company’s hybrid working model, ensuring it is aligned to business objectives, staff preferences and customer outcomes.
Bupa is a major healthcare company. It has 84,000 employees serving 38 million customers across 190 countries.
In 2017 the UK offices no longer matched the company’s modern image, nor the needs of its workforce. The leadership team asked us to help them define what a Bupa workplace should look and feel like. They wanted to accommodate additional staff while delivering on the organisation’s vision to encourage people to enjoy long, happy and healthy lives.
Following the pandemic, Bupa’s leaders sought to understand how the business could support hybrid workers and mitigate against both commercial risks and the detrimental impact remote working might have on employees’ health. They also wanted to learn how much space the business required if hybrid working was adopted long-term.
Over the course of our collaboration, we supported the business to consolidate three buildings into one new facility in Manchester and completed the right-sizing of offices in Brighton, Staines, Bristol and Leeds.
We redefined each of Bupa’s six nationwide offices as a ‘support centre’ and provided additional facilities as part of a redesign that optimised each workplace for hybrid and activity-based working in the post-pandemic era. We also suggested that if staff were encouraged to attend the office two days per week, the business could reduce the size of its real estate portfolio by 40%.