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Africa, Europe, the Americas, Middle East, Japan, and more – choose a meeting room at Trend Micro’s AMEA HQ in Singapore, and you’ll be immersed in the cultural elements of one of these continents.
Spanning 12,000 square feet and located in Suntec Singapore’s Tower Four since January this year, the space was designed with three principles in mind: Connect; Inspire; and Play.
Connect: Encouraging openness and collaboration
Speaking exclusively to Human Resources Online, Nilesh Jain, Vice President, Southeast Asia and India, Trend Micro, shares: “Cubicles are rapidly disappearing in today’s workplace as businesses opt for open office concepts. At Trend Micro, our approach to office design – and ultimately productivity gains – hinges upon the collaboration it enables amongst Trenders, our employees.
“There are also no partitions in the working areas and people are free to sit anywhere they like – breaking down walls both figuratively and literally to promote cohesion and communication.”
Further, employees have the option of choosing from workstations that come in two heights, based on their sitting preferences.
Apart from this, the office is decked with biophilic design elements which aim to promote better physical and mental wellbeing, concentration, creativity, and productivity. For instance, moss walls and green features are spread across the entire office.
Inspire: A fusion of culture and style
Trend Micro’s office also boasts different cultures in each of its meeting rooms. On the idea behind this, Jain explains: “As this office has been designated as the regional headquarters for AMEA, and we plan to host regional team meetings and customers in Singapore, we drew inspiration from the various cultures across our global and regional presence when designing the conference rooms.”
For instance, the African-themed conference room (pictured above) is set against the backdrop of earthy tones with wooden contours and statement art pieces.
At the same time, the Japan room is inspired by traditional Japanese minimalist design philosophy and comes complete with trimmed bonsai, sliding rice paper doors, and tatami flooring.
Play: Work hard, play hard
Jain reminds us that at the end of the day, it’s not all business and no play. He says: “Like the age-old adage – we work hard and play hard. We have invested in a professional coffee maker and a beer tap in the town hall area, so our employees can get their coffee fix before work starts or have a drink after work ends.”
Does all this improve staff productivity?
Jain says: “We hope so! As I mentioned before, our office is designed to connect and inspire our employees. By breaking down partitions and walls, we hope that our employees will collaborate more, seek expertise from one another more often, and have more brainstorm sessions – it could just be a 10-minute chat at someone’s desk, so work can be shared and done efficiently.”
His advice to other companies planning to redecorate their offices? “Design with the fabric of your company culture in mind. Most employees spend at least 40 hours a week at work – suffice to say, an office is an extension of your own home.
“For starters, giving conference rooms a theme allows employees to enter a different environment when they step away from their desks. It can lead to better capacity for brainstorming and other creative thinking.”
He concludes that at the end of the day, if the organisation has promoted a culture of openness, simply asking employees how they feel about their workplace is one of the best ways to get ideas for redecoration. “This is a great avenue to find out what their motivations are and develop those features within a communal environment, while redesigning the areas they feel are holding them back.”
Photos and captions / Trend Micro
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