In designing its Singapore Innovation Centre (SgIC), P&G prioritised creating a workspace that would inspire creativity and drive innovation amongst its team of 500 engineers, researchers and support staff.
In line with that, the firm decided the best way to foster collaboration both within and across various teams focusing on different areas of research was to implement an open-concept office space.
Ayako Fujii, HR manager, P&G Singapore Innovation Centre (SgIC) explained: "The SgIC work environment is extremely flat – we don’t have so-called 'executive areas'. Employees can approach their managers and senior leaders in the open plan office to bounce off any ideas they might have."
The P&G Singapore Innovation Center was designed as an open-concept office space to foster collaboration both within and across various teams focusing on different areas of research
"Thus, we have a vibrant living room where employees can receive personal health coaching from health professionals as well as vibrant living areas with exercise machines and rest areas for employees to keep fit and re-energise. Employees can also have a rubdown in our dedicated massage rooms by professional therapists when they feel the need to relax."
Fujii advised that when designing any new offices, it is important to listen to the needs and wants of employees.
"This was especially important at the SgIC, where specialised research laboratories were created to support our R&D efforts. We conducted an internal survey to find out just what our team of researchers needed in terms of research equipment and facilities, in addition to what they wanted in an ideal workplace.
"We then worked with a group of experts in design, engineering, and technology, among others, in order to create a work environment that best suits the needs of our employees and helped foster a collaborative and innovative work culture.
"The flexibility of the workspace also allows us to reconfigure it to meet the latest requirements of cutting-edge R&D facilities in future," she explained.
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