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[Photos] How junk shops and biker bars fuel innovation at Google's APAC HQ

When Google moved into its new Asia Pacific headquarters at Mapletree Business City in 2016,  it wanted to ensure its office space reflects the diversity of its people - but with a local twist.

Speaking to Human Resources, a Google spokesperson said: "Our office is laid out by 'kampongs' (Aljunied, Bugis) and our meeting rooms are named after locally spoken languages, MRT stations (Dhoby Ghaut, Outram Park), and local phrases (e.g. Huat Ah, Steady Pom Pi Pi)."

While designing the work space, collaboration and the freedom to innovate were at the top of mind. The new headquarters features various flexible office spaces, from open spaces for collaboration and quiet spaces for individual work, empowering employees to choose the kind of workspace that best suits their working style and the task of the day.

"Everyone is equal in Google -- there are no private offices. Careful planning is also taken to ensure a workplace that encourages movement -- high collaborative tables, sit-stand desks, and standing meeting rooms get Googlers moving as they interact to improve overall health and well-being."

We value diversity and employees can use the Multi Faith Room for prayers and meditation


Being an organisation that values diversity and inclusion, the office also features a Multi Faith Room which employees can use for prayers and meditation.

Photos / Google

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