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DBS Bank was recently crowned Singapore’s most valuable brand, so it’s no surprise its local offices at DBS Asia Hub, DBS Asia Central and DBS Asia Gateway have all been designed to reflect its New Asian roots.

Tan Sor Cheng, managing director and group HR shared services and risk, HR at DBS Bank, said the company’s new work environment  “mimics a communal hive that turns the workplace into a collaborative and innovative working space for employees”.

The office at DBS Asia Central boasts flexible and free-form areas for employees to work and relax.

“These informal spaces, known as Social Hubs, are set against panoramic views of Singapore’s new skyline,” Tan said. “They encourage spontaneous interaction, exchange of ideas and help foster  stronger relationships among employees.”

DBS Asia Central offices


Tan says through good communication, recognition, development and support, DBS Bank has been able to create a great workplace for employees to grow professionally and personally.

DBS Asia central office


“The bank’s new offices and supportive environment have gone down well with our employees, with many appreciating the spaciousness,” she says.

“Some of them also choose to hold their discussions at the social hubs instead of the meeting rooms, as they believe that it promotes creativity and allows for better interaction.”

DBS Asia Central office


She adds they have seen employee engagement scores improve over the years, and have been awarded the Gallup Great Workplace Award in 2013 and 2014.

DBS Asia Central office

“In terms of design, it is very important that the space represents the message, goals and values of your organisation,” Tan says.

“It is also essential to gather feedback from employees so that you can create a great environment that supports their growth and development.”

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