Loyal and committed employees are definitely an organisation’s best asset. I firmly believe this. Having worked for over 33 years in Bord na Móna in four different business units I have seen this first hand.
Currently responsible for communication and change management, I am witnessing the biggest transformation ever in the business and again it is the employees led by a strong experienced leadership team - that will ensure success. To meet the significant business challenges ahead we are progressing fundamental culture change while retaining the positive culture of loyalty, commitment and endeavor.
What I enjoy most in this role is watching people who have worked in this business for many years and who have had very strongly held beliefs change because they know in the end it is for the survival of the organisation.
When we set about the Peat business transformation we realised very quickly that any plans to move the business forward must include all the employees and change will only be brought about through people. Communication is paramount to bringing about change and we have put in a lot of time and effort in getting the relevant information to our employees. Getting timely information to 1,200 employees can be quite challenging as they are dispersed in multiple locations across 11 counties. It has been rewarding seeing our participation rate and engagement score rising significantly in the last two employee engagement surveys. We have made significant inroads in to our cost reduction initiatives and this can only happen by communicating effectively with our employees.
We have lots of work to do and I am very lucky to be part of a team that will drive to ensure we have a sustainable business out to 2030.
Communication & Change Manager
In line with Bord na Móna’s sustainability policy we will continue to supply peat for energy generation until 2030. The co-firing of the peat stations with biomass will ensure reduction of CO2 emissions and will compare favourably with other stations on the system.
The business is fully committed to achieving the cost reductions as set out in the business transformation programme which will enable our power station customers compete on the open market without any financial support for peat.
The Peat business is intent on fully utilising our developed peat resource to sustain the business and employment up to 2030.