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[Photos] How Johnson & Johnson’s APAC HQ keeps staff healthy and productive



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Earlier this year, Johnson & Johnson Asia Pacific unveiled its new Asia Pacific headquarters.

The new 15,800 sq. meter facility brings together 1,000 employees from its pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and consumer businesses in a single location to spearhead new ideas and frameworks for healthcare of the future.

This will help lead collaborations and partnerships to co-create new, innovative global healthcare models. This reaffirms Johnson & Johnson’s commitment to advancing healthcare innovation in Singapore and the Asia Pacific region.

The new HQ will also house Johnson & Johnson’s first global development center known as the Leadership Lab, as well as a Design Lab (the first out of the United States), and Human Performance Institute (a first of its kind in Asia Pacific).

 

In line with the launch, Human Resources spoke to Lisa Tay, head of human resources, Asia Pacific, Johnson & Johnson, to uncover some of the unique facilities the company is offering employees in the new space. Here’s what she has to say.

Q I understand that Johnson & Johnson believes that good health is the foundation of vibrant lives. How does that belief reflect in the office space? And what are some of the novel facilities you are offering to employees in this new space?

In Johnson & Johnson, our purpose is to blend heart, science and ingenuity to profoundly change the trajectory for health for humanity. This applies not only to the doctors, nurses and patients, and all who use our products and services, but also to our employees regionally and globally. Our employees are our greatest asset, and we believe that by investing in their health, we are investing in the success of our business.

Health and wellbeing is one common factor that unites all people around the world. Nothing is more personal or more important to every individual, every family, every community and every country. Johnson & Johnson aims to create, support and deliver the healthiest workforce by supporting and inspiring our people to be better able to take care of themselves and their loved ones.

As such, our office is the manifestation of what we believe in.

Our new 15,800 sq. meter facility boasts a central “green lungs” to bring nature indoors and to provide our employees with a more conducive environment. Unlike many traditional office environment, work neighborhoods are situated at the peripheral of the building core so that natural light permeates through the workspace, and employees are able to enjoy the external view.

 

While we encourage interactions between employees, we are also mindful of the different working styles of each individual. That is why we have “Focus rooms” for small group discussions and “Communication rooms” for phone calls or for those who like to have some privacy while they work.

To support our employees in leading an active lifestyle at work, we have an indoor “walking trail” which spans close to 500 meters across our office floors; height-adjustable standing desks allow employees the flexibility to stand and work; and a gym which has a range of regular fitness classes from Spinning to Tabata and Zumba!

 

We also stock the pantries with a variety of healthy snacks and beverages as we believe employees need to fuel their body with healthy food. Should any of our employees feel unwell, we have a resting bay with an in-house nurse to attend to them.

Our employees have access to an energy management course called Energy for Performance® (E4P). Participants complete exercises that can help them identify and prioritise the most meaningful components of their lives, and take part in seminars about foods and activities that have been scientifically proven to boost energy. As an organisation, we focus on energy management strategies to foster an overall sense of resilience and life satisfaction. It is not just physical health but also mental health and well-being.

Singapore is the first country outside of U.S. offering our Human Performance Institute programmes to companies outside of Johnson & Johnson. This is to help individuals, teams and organisations achieve sustained high performance.

 

Q What are three ways an engaging office space help with productivity?

Engaging office space allows free flow of creativity, collaboration as well as greater synergy across our businesses.

We no longer have a “fixed desk” policy which means all employees can freely use the different spaces, including the colourful and relax corners for discussions and spark new ideas in this collaborative environment.

Movement around the office also ensure that they have easy access to fitness during the work day and to improve their energy level.

 

Q What advice would you give other companies that are planning on redecorating their offices?

There is no one size fits all office space, and it is important to design an office that speaks to the purpose and values of the company. At Johnson & Johnson, our purpose and CREDO drives us to deliver our best for the communities we serve, and thus, our ambition to have the healthiest workforce so we can be who we are on our Best Day at Johnson & Johnson.

Photos / Johnson & Johnson

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