As the year draws to a close, your office space might be itching for a redesign or even a relocation. If you’re in need of some inspiration, we’ve rounded up companies that have created workspaces that encourage productivity, creativity, engagement.
This special edition of our HR Bulletin has been carefully curated for easy browsing during the festive season – perhaps some food for thought while planning for 2018.
From massage chairs and rest-pods to an in-office ‘Kopitiam’, Human Resources brings you 10 of the coolest offices across Asia in 2017:
“When you have an interactive office space, you are creating a whole new dynamic in the workplace.” shares Jorge Osorio, head of human resources, Citi Singapore.
Prudential’s ‘Workplayce’ is not only designed to integrate work and play, it engages employees with activity-based working options and areas for experimentation and exploration of ideas.
“An investment into creating a comfortable, ergonomic and conducive work environment is essentially an investment into the workforce which will positively impact the long-term success of a company,” affirms Teo Ee Mei, Pratt & Whitney’s regional head of HR.
The company’s headquarters draws inspiration from its Malaysian locality with an office pantry, cheekily named ‘Kopitiam’, and other local elements such as a heritage wall highlighting the nation’s history, a trishaw to symbolise Penang, and floor tiles with Peranakan motifs.
Level3 is a co-working space redefines the traditional concept of work spaces and brings together Unilever, startups, and entrepreneurs to encourage innovation and create new partnerships.
Housing about 2,000 employees, the six-storey building features facilities such as an in-house hair salon, salad bar, and astroturf, to name a few.
With a choice of different working areas such as “cushioned cubes”, high tables and technology-infused meeting rooms, employees can choose from a variety of options for discussions, brainstorming sessions as well as regional e-meetings.
With an office located on the 17th floor, employees have an amazing view unique to Singapore, overlooking Marina Bay Sands, the Singapore Flyer and even Gardens by the Bay.
The company installed cocoon hanging chairs, a fitness corner and a massage chair to boost employee well-being and engagement, while ping-pong tables, barista-standard coffee machines and a board game table integrate fun in the workspace.
“Flexibility is the key. We wanted to configure the space so that associates can move to the right type of environment for whatever task they happen to be working on,” said Bart Buiring, chief operations services officer for Asia Pacific at Marriott International.
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Warmest wishes to you and your team in 2018 for this holiday season!
– Human Resources team
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