May will see the first moving boxes arriving for SEB as the bank’s three Stockholm offices become one at Arenastaden. The new office has been a pioneering environmental construction.
SEB had been needing to bring its operations together for some time, as they are currently spread out across four different addresses in Stockholm. By moving three offices to a shared address, the bank hopes to increase collaboration and boost efficiency.
“We’re expecting the move to be noticed by our customers as well,” says Viveka Hirdman Ryrberg, Head of Communication at SEB. “We will also gain a better work environment because our new office will be completely adapted to our business.”
The fourth Stockholm office at Kungsträdgårdsgatan will remain the head office. Those parts of the bank where personnel have lots of customer meetings in the city will also remain at Kungsträdgårdsgatan.
Move coordinators in key roles
In order to manage such a major office move, SEB has been working strategically with change over a long period of time.
“We have a vast project organisation which includes organising the move,” explains Viveka Hirdman Ryrberg. “We’ve been working over several months on where to place the roughly 4,400 employees that are moving, and that’s been a huge challenge in itself, particularly since no organisation is static. Changes are happening all the time. We work with designated move coordinators, who function as the link between the business and the project, so they have a very important role in ensuring the success of the project.”