Exploring the impact of workplace transformation on company culture at Talent Management Asia
On March 19th, M Moser Director, Lawrence Lok, and Associate Director – Workplace Strategy, Nancy Liu, were invited to share expert insights with an audience of Human Resources professionals on how to build an adaptive culture through workplace transformation.
Using M Moser-designed workspaces as practical examples, Lok and Liu showcased a variety of work settings that can support the different types of activities and behaviours needed within an organisation to enhance collaboration and inspire innovation.
To enable an adaptive workforce, Lok and Liu walked the audience through four strategy principles that drive the design of spaces for a variety of human needs. These can be adapted based on the specific levels of collaboration and innovation required:
- Ideation: A concept that prioritises learning and knowledge-sharing within a work environment, creating a culture where people feel more open to communicating ideas between one another in a connected setting.
- Delegation: More intimate conversations between staff can take place in different types of environments, from more traditionally-enclosed meeting rooms to casual, open and accessible spaces throughout the workplace.
- Eureka: Liu stressed the importance of building spaces where people can unwind and rejuvenate, allowing them to think more creatively within a socially relaxed environment – a state she referred to as “Eureka moments”.
- Focus: Addressing the misconception surrounding the counterproductivity of the open plan office, Lok asserted that a transformative workplace environment can effectively control disruptive sounds and enable people to focus by acoustically aligning the design with different sound levels.
Educating staff on how different spaces within a new workplace can be used most effectively, Liu concluded, helps elevate both the employee and client experience. Such transparent communication empowers all teams across an organisation – from Human Resources and Legal to Sales, Marketing and IT – to take full ownership of how they work.