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As a pharmaceutical company, Mundipharma wanted to create an office space which reflected its innovative culture.
And with the Singapore office being the company’s regional headquarters, Mundipharma also needed a physical space which supported the horizontal working structure, which they believe empowers staff to focus specifically on their roles and help improve the quality of lives of patients.
“We created an open concept with a multitude of creative spaces for interaction – from meeting corners to café tables to a beanbag area for creative brainstorms,” Raman Singh, Mundipharma’s president for Asia Pacific, Latin America, Middle East and Africa, says.
“We are proud to say that, in recognition of our efforts to create a positive workplace, we were recently awarded the bronze in the Interior Space and Exhibition Design Category at the premier A’ Design Awards 2013/2014.”
Winners of this award are selected according to the degree of innovation in their space usage, functionality and the design’s ability to evoke behavioural and emotional qualities such as human interaction and feelings of motivation.
Mundipharma’s office in Asia Square boasts a less-formal bean bag creative area where teams can go over ideas while looking out at the Singapore skyline, and a slightly more formal modern chic “café”, equipped with high tables and an espresso machine for hosting guests and discussions with clients.
“Overall, we feel that having this diversity in the office and an engaging workplace are key factors in attracting and keeping top-quality talent for the long-term,” Singh says.
He believes an office space plays an important role in improving productivity, adding it also bolsters employee motivations and work attitudes.
“Staff are also more comfortable when their environment is well-lit, spacious and well-equipped and hence, more productive.”
For other companies which might be looking at re-doing their office, Singh advises them to “always take your company values as the starting point”.
“The office should always reinforce the purpose, history and culture of the company,” he says.
“Our company logo was the key visual for our office design, resulting in the use of unique geometrical shapes and modern undertones. This reflects our values and reinforces our image as the new face of pharma by being fresh and innovative and differentiates us.”