Employers are you struggling to Motivate your Employees?

Here at workLAB Waterford, we can make life easier for employers by providing a suitable work environment for employees who are not able to attend the official workplace. Being able to attend and offsite office does lead to a better performance from your workers.

A recent Health and Wellbeing Seminar by Laya Healthcare advised that employees are weary and tired of having to dig deep daily to complete work.

In the first wave of this research (carried out in July 2020), those forced to work remotely because of the pandemic were stressed but also appreciated the upside of working from home.

In the second wave, carried out early in 2021, more people said they were anxious, tired, and demotivated. In fact, an astonishing 63% of employees said that Covid-19 has affected their mental health, while 26% of people are struggling with substance abuse due to COVID19.

The Laya report showcases 12 key trends that capture employee sentiment, and the strain workers are under, the biggest challenges facing employers, and ways to find and build a better path forward.

The first of these challenges is “the makeshift workplace”.

43% of people who WFH are working from the kitchen table, sofa, or their bed. The Irish workforce has shown itself to be adaptable and responsible during the pandemic. Most employees say their role has changed in the past year, with 38% taking on more responsibility than before. Remote working environments can be challenging, with half of those working from home sharing their workspace and many not having a proper desk at which to work.

A second significant challenge is the “The Slump in Motivation”. 46% of people report a lower job satisfaction compared with pre Covid19 times.

Our private offices are ideal for a business professional requiring a calm, quiet space to work from.  Each office is furnished a professional desk and office chair. Our inclusive rents include parking, wifi, heating and cleaning.

Private office spaces for rent start at €395/month. Short-term (min 3 months) and long-term leases are available along with access to all workLAB facilities, including priority booking and discounted rates on meeting rooms and conference spaces.

Contact Alicia at workLAB for further information – 051 – 376180, alicia@workLAB.ie





Podcast from Kinetic Labs with Patsy Carney

In the latest Science of Business podcast episode, Patsy Carney, Director of Kinetic Labs which is located here at workLAB discusses the lab facility and incubator space for the life sciences sector in Waterford City.

Rent a lab at Kinetic Labs

Kinetic Labs is a facility offering state-of-the-art single and shared wet lab space, office facilities, meeting rooms and a café and is now available on a rental basis to start-ups and science-based companies offering all of the lab facilities needed to develop their products and processes.

The innovative new business has been created through a combination of a REDF grant from Enterprise Ireland with additional funding from WorkLAB and Waterford City & County Council the first wet lab incubation facilities for science-based companies to be created in the Southeast.

One of the Directors of the project is well–known pharmaceutical entrepreneur Patsy Carney. Having built Eirgen Pharma from scratch to a global multinational Patsy understands the needs of both start-ups and multinationals having worked at both ends of the scale in the pharmaceutical industry.

Patsy discusses the new venture in the most recent The Science of Business’ podcast with fellow scientific entrepreneur Louise Grubb and founder of Stability Storage provider Q1 Scientific.

About The Science of Business podcast series

The Science of Business podcast series is hosted by the multi-award-winning serial entrepreneur and founder of Q1 Scientific and Trivium Vet Louise Grubb. The series features interviews with some of the key people behind Ireland’s global success in pharma, life sciences, health and biomedical sectors. To listen to the full interview this latest episode of ‘The Science of Business is now available to listen to on all podcast platforms and on the Q1 Scientific website.

For more information on this state of the art laboratory faciltiy contact John Breen – Kinetic Labs Centre Manager. 

You can follow Kinetic Labs on LinkedIn and Twitter for news updates. 

The final stages for Kinetic Labs

Construction at Kinetic Labs is  nearing completion!

Check out the progress on Day 78 of Kinetic Labs construction!

The laboratory space will be completed in December 2020 with labs available for clients in early January 2021.

The centre is located here at workLAB in the heart of a thriving industrial and business park within walking distance of Waterford Institute of Technology, PMBRC , Enterprise Ireland, IDA South East and South East Business & Innovation Centre (SEBIC) offices.

Its very exciting to see the project progress so quickly and we look forward to welcoming Kinetic Lab clients to workLAB. Companies will be able to access 400 m2 of high-quality lab space together with office space, meeting rooms and all the facilities required to grow your company.  

You can follow Kinetic labs on linked in and twitter for news updates!

Lab Space at workLAB

workLAB collaborates  with Kinetic Labs 

Rentable lab space as a start-up science company can very difficult to source. Finding affordable lab space is a challenge for many start-up science-based companies. workLAB has joined forces with Kinetic Labs to offer customised laboratory space with access to offices and meeting rooms.

Here John Breen, Kinetic Labs Centre Manager tells us how the offering at Kinetic Labs can provide the ideal solution.  

How will renting lab space from Kinetic Labs make a difference?

Kinetic Labs will have many of the facilities and supports that were lacking for me in my start-up journey.  Firstly, there will be brand new laboratories – a shared laboratory for companies starting out and individual furnished/unfurnished facilities for more established companies.  There will be access to the excellent facilities at workLAB – offices, meeting rooms, café and a community of established companies and start-ups. 

Kinetic Labs is located a short walk away from WIT.  To me this is the best of both worlds, working within a third level institute can be challenging (as I found out from experience) but having access to the facilities and knowledge within these institutes is a must for many start-ups.  Kinetic Labs is also located a short walk away from enterprise support offices – the Regional Enterprise Ireland, IDA and South East Business Innovation Centre are all a 5-minute walk away. 

Finally, and very importantly there is a very strong team of people and much local goodwill behind this project – Richie Walsh, Seamus Kilgannon and Patsy Carney are all hands-on directors of Kinetic Labs.  Richie is head of Enterprise at the Local Enterprise Office (LEO), a strong supporter of the project.  Seamus is a serial entrepreneur who is backing this project both financially and with much appreciated support and advice.  Patsy is a role model for any start up – building a world class pharma company (Eirgen) from scratch.  He has given much of his spare time freely to this project and has been an invaluable support in helping get this project off the ground.

Are you interested in renting lab space at Kinetic Labs?

Kinetic Labs was set-up to provide science-based companies in the South East with the lab facilities to develop their products and processes.  You will be able to access 400 m2 of high-quality lab space together with office space, meeting rooms and all the facilities required to grow your company.

To find out more about renting lab space at Kinetic Labs, contact John Breen at Kinetic Labs today.


Looking for a flexible desk options?

Have you heard about the PODS @ workLAB?

Are you looking for a flexible work space solution and no long term commitment? Then the PODS at workLAB may be just what your looking for.

The POD consists of 14 business cubicles, a small seating area and private storage facilities. Each cubicle is fitted with a desk and an adjustable chair, under desk pedestal, lockable cabinet, build in pin/white board and each cubicle is separated with privacy partitions. Clients have access to shared printer/scanner/photocopier charged on usage. 

PODS are available from €300.00 per month plus VAT.  There is no formal rental lease or license just a rolling monthly agreement.

POD Rental rates include the following:-
  • Free on-site parking – we ask that the spaces to the front are left for visitors and that clients use the car park at the side of workLAB.
  • Inclusive of moderate usage broadband, electricity, heating, waste disposal and rates.
  • Desk and office chair per employee
  • Secure Fob access for all employees
  • Manned main reception from 8.00am to 4.00pm Monday to Friday
  • Public and Private toilets. Showering facilities currently in gents only.
  • Locked private company mailbox for office clients
  • Daily outgoing postal service from reception
  • Access to the POD meeting space
  • Access to kitchen facility
  • Meeting Rooms available to hire on an hourly basis
  • 10% discount on full day and half day meeting room rates
  • Blue Butterfly Coffee available in Joes Cafe

For enquiries contact Alicia on 051 – 376180 or drop me a mail alicia@worklab.ie

Construction Begins at Kinetic Labs

Construction has started on Kinetic Labs

On Monday 18th of August 2020, Weltech Engineering came on site at workLAB to kick off the construction program for Kinetic Labs.

This exciting project has a 15 week program, which will see the laboratory spaces open for clients in December 2020.

Kinetic Labs was set-up to provide science-based companies in the South East with the lab facilities to develop their products and processes.  Companies will be able to access 400 m2 of high-quality lab space together with office space, meeting rooms and all the facilities required to grow their company and all in one place.

For progress updates you can follow Kinetic Labs on Linked in and twitter @kineticlabs_Irl or contact John Breen, Manger of Kinetic Labs.




COVID Temperature Testing Facility @ workLAB

COVID Temperature Testing Facility

From Tuesday 16th June 2020, we have provided a No-Touch Digital Hand Sanitiser and Thermometer as part of our COVID Temperature Testing Facility at reception for client use. This offers the dual benefits of checking the temperature of clients, visitors and workLAB staff as well as dispensing hand sanitiser for disinfection. Clients or visitors with a reading over 37.6 °c will be asked to leave the building and take a retest in 10 minutes. If you have a second high reading, we ask that you leave the building and see medical advice. All visitors and clients to workLAB are requested to use the facility.

“We take the health and safety of our clients as our number 1 priority here at workLAB so any practical measures that we can take to add to their sense of safety and wellbeing while at work are considered during this unprecedented time for businesses. We are delighted to see so many of our clients back to their offices in recent weeks ” said Alicia Maguire, General Manager workLAB.

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New Office Spaces @ workLAB

In February 2020, workLAB continued its expansion by adding 12 new office spaces to its state of the art workspace offerings. 

The new offices range in size from seven one-two person offices, to a number of larger bespoke spaces that were designed after working closely with clients to meet their specific needs.

“We worked closely with clients and our design team to ensure the new spaces delivered exactly what the companies wanted while staying with our vision of offering a high-end workspace for professionals in Waterford,” said Alicia Maguire, General Manager of workLAB.

If you are looking for a new office space contact Alicia on 051 – 3761980 or Alicia@worklab.ie

New appoinment at workLAB

Ms. Kelly Power has joined the team at workLAB.

With over 15 years experience in the Hospitality Industry. Kelly has experience in guest relationships, event management and in delivering personalised customer service. She has hands on experience in evaluating guest satisfaction levels, anticipating their needs and is passionate about delivering exceptional service and experiences.

Commenting on Kelly’s appointment, Alicia Maguire General Manager at workLAB said, “I am delighted to have Kelly on board. Kelly’s appointment is a significant day for us at workLAB as we expand our team due to increased business levels. We are committed to ensuring that we continue to offer an excellent client experience while adding to the range of services that we currently offer at workLAB. I have no doubt that Kelly’s appointment will enhance our client experience at workLAB”.

Incupharm General Manager Vacancy

Incupharm at workLAB

Position:                                 General Manager Incupharm

Employer:                               Incupharm DAC

Commencement Date:          June 2019

Contract Duration:               3-year contract

Reporting to:                         The Incupharm Board

Applications are invited for the post of Incupharm General Manager located at WorkLAB Waterford. This is an exciting opportunity for a dynamic, experienced, self-starter to manage and drive the success of this ambitious new sciences initiative. The successful candidate will have a major opportunity for career development and to shape the future direction of the Centre which is the first of its kind for the South East Region.

Incupharm DAC is a life science enterprise initiative funded through the Enterprise Ireland Regional Enterprise Development Fund. The company will provide business development services and laboratories to support the creation of science-based businesses, including the delivery of business development programmes, workspaces for entrepreneurs, training, mentoring and peer-to-peer collaboration.

We seek a dynamic and motivated individual with the necessary skills and experience to manage the development of Incupharm. This will include the development of physical wet lab facilities, attracting ambitious science start-ups and established SMEs to Incupharm and the promotion of Incupharm. The role involves hands-on support and mentoring of early stage science-based companies as well as operational management and marketing of Incupharm. The person will play a critical role in facilitating interactions between the science-based start-ups, established SMEs and the regional science community. The Incupharm Manager is also a key interface with stakeholders including the Incupharm Board, support agencies, the private sector and the property owner at WorkLAB.

The successful candidate will demonstrate strong leadership traits and an ability to think both strategically and creatively. The ideal candidate will have the necessary scientific and business knowledge to support the development of the laboratories, recruitment of science companies as clients and to facilitate collaboration between entrepreneurs, industry partners, regional 3rd Level Institutes and support agencies. The General Manager will have a proven ability to generate leads, develop research-based proposals and sales presentations and a record of driving new sales opportunities within target market segments. The General Manager will work closely with the Board to develop the growth strategy for Incupharm.

Principal Duties & Responsibilities

  • Provide leadership and direction for the development of Incupharm.
  • The General Manager will develop opportunities by locating, developing, defining, negotiating, and closing business relationships with potential science companies.
  • The General Manager will work directly with the Incupharm start-ups to support the growth and acceleration of their businesses. Develop networks of contacts with science entrepreneurs, SME businesses, professional service providers and support agencies and 3rd Level Institutions, positioning Incupharm as a focal hub for commercial innovation in sciences in the southeast region.
  • Develop partnerships with multi-national companies and SMEs, integrating Incupharm into the sciences eco-system of the southeast region.
  • Develop and execute a 3-year business and operating plan for Incupharm ensuring that good financial practices are implemented, and a high quality of service is delivered to clients.
  • Recruitment, vetting and management of tenants with innovative, high growth potential, science-based businesses.
  • Facilitate collaboration between Incupharm clients and stakeholders in the southeast region.
  • Develop and implement laboratory and incubation policies and procedures in line with best practice nationally and internationally, in compliance with Health and Safety regulations.
  • Enhance the Incupharm ecosystem by deepening the integration with other science innovation and development programmes at regional and national level.
  • Facilities management including IT and associated systems while ensuring compliance with Worklab’s operating procedures.
  • Developing and maintaining professional relations with the Worklab’s management.
  • Provide introductions and networking opportunities for Incupharm client companies.
  • Generating reports for the Board to comply with conditions of the funding bodies.
  • Any other duties as may be assigned by the Board.


Academic Qualifications


Degree in a science related discipline.


Postgraduate degree in a science or business-related discipline.



Minimum of five years’ experience in scientific or laboratory environment.

Experience of team leadership and business exposure from a client perspective.

Experience of project management.


Experience in product development and/or intellectual property development.

Experience in setting-up and managing laboratories.

Start-up experience or mentoring of science, start-up/scaling companies.

Personal Attributes, Competencies, Knowledge and Skills


Ability to operate at strategic and operational levels and develop Incupharm’s strategic vision. Planning of short and medium terms goals and their effective delivery.

Excellent networking, interpersonal and communication skills (ideally with strong existing networks within life sciences community) with the ability to influence stakeholders at all levels.

Demonstrated ability to manage the needs of many stakeholders.


The salary attaching to this post is €60,000 – €70,000pa, depending on experience, for a contract duration of 3 years.


The Incupharm General Manager position is based at WorkLAB, IDA Business Park, Waterford, Ireland, X91 DC96. The person will be required to travel in connection with the job. A full clean driving license is required.

Application Procedure:

Applications must be made via email to Incupharm@worklab.ie.

Please ensure that you use the reference ‘Incupharm General Manager in the subject line of your application email and include following as attachments:

  1. A short (i.e. no more than 2 pages) cover letter/ personal statement outlining why you wish to be considered for the post and where you believe your skills and experience meet the requirements of this position.
  2. A CV detailing your qualifications and all relevant experience relating to this role.

Please note that hard copy applications will not be accepted.

Incupharm will shortlist only those applicants who appear from the information available, to be the most suitable, in terms of experience, qualifications and other requirements of the post.

Closing Date of Advert: 16:00 on 3rd May 2019. Note that late applications will not be accepted.

Incupharm is an equal opportunities employer.


Incuparharm DAC will trade as Kinetic Labs following a rebrand in July 2019.