The construction process of the future standard office 

Workforce norms are changing over time. If in the past the work value was mainly measured by the enterprises in productivity, then nowadays the working experience and the people-centered working environment are the values that the enterprises aim to. The workforce norms in the office space are the first and important step in creating a positive environment for each employee. The workforce norms both help to build and develop the corporate culture, while creating cultural diversity, which is a trend that many enterprises are expecting to.

Building corporate culture: The working environment through workspace and people will build the corporate culture. With the trend of Gen Z human resource, youthful and dynamic culture is the first choice which contributes to attracting and retaining talents. Construction of office now aims at an open model, increasing common space and auxiliary areas.

Corporate cultural diversification: Diverse spaces stimulate creativity and bring a multidimensional perspective with different solutions for each problem, thereby improving work efficiency. Therefore, the enterprises always prioritize promoting diversity in the working environment through the construction of office space. First of all, flexible space with many common areas such as discussion area, food court, relaxing room, entertainment room … is designed with youthful and creative colors. For diversification of the working area, besides fixed desks, there are also quick meeting rooms, co-working areas, hot desks, etc. to bring comfort at work, stimulate interaction, communication, and discussion, thereby improving the working efficiency.

Workspace helps to develop a work style 

Office construction with the goals of approaching Gen Z – the core workforce in the future should meet the necessary conditions: open, creative and dynamic space and the sufficient conditions of a future office that is work &life balance and attention paid to the human health.Office construction requires the following requirements:

Work &life balance

Office construction satisfying the balance between work and life is reflected by both satisfying the functions for work and providing relaxing space in the office. The proposed design solution is to use open spaces in combination with auxiliary spaces.

The British American Tobacco Office is a typical example of a successful office construction that balances work and life.

British American Tobacco Office Design
British American Tobacco Office – M Plaza Building

The office is designed with a new working space which has auxiliary areas such as food court, relaxing room, foosball tables, reading room, etc., creating a space that balances work & life as well as increasing the working experience for the employees.

Food court – BAT Office – M Plaza Building

Discussion area - Office Design
Discussion area – BAT Office – M Plaza Building

Collaboration space that encourages interaction – BAT Office – M Plaza Building

relax space in BAT office design
Foosball tables help the employees relax – BAT Office – M Plaza Building

People-centered workspace

Office construction focusing on the employees’ health is one of the current trends. Physical health is ensured through ergonomic office designs which take advantage of natural light, improves air quality, as well as increases, sound insulation for work. Regarding mental health, office construction must pay attention to creating relaxing spaces, adding more green areas to reduce stress at work. Thereby, the employees’ work performance is enhanced.

Office Design of Prudential company
Open space encourages interaction and movement – Prudential Hanoi Office 

Besides the workplace, Prudential Office is also a place where the employees are assured of their health at work through practical design solutions. The office makes use of natural light. Workspace for the employees and common areas are arranged near windows to increase wakefulness, ability to focus and then improve the work efficiency.

Co-working areas such as meeting rooms are arranged nearby the window to make use of natural light – Prudential Hanoi Office

With the aim to encourage the employees’ movement rather than sitting for 8 hours, auxiliary spaces such as discussion areas, phone booths, small meeting rooms are allocated along with the office space. Green trees are placed in the workspace to create a fresh, airy and comfortable space for the employees.

Greenery is added in the workspace – Prudential HanoiOffice

Attention paid to the change of labor generation

The change in workforce generation from Gen X to Gen Z leads to a change in work style. Therefore, office design is also affected. With Gen Z, they have high demands in work and life balance and like to choose to work in a flexible and free environment.

The design solution for workspaces is flexibility. The allocation of work areas in the office should be diversified for the employees to have various choices. Auxiliary spaces, interactive spaces in the office are allocated by alternating working areas, discussion areas, meeting rooms, open working areas, hot desks to enhance the interaction and exchange.

Reception area - WorldQuant Office Design
Reception area – WorldQuant Office – Saigon Center Building

WorldQuant Office has taken full advantage of this solution with the desire to build an office suitable for the new generation. The office provides a variety of working spaces, from co-working areas, multi-functional rooms, small meeting rooms to common areas … Auxiliary areas such as food court, relax rooms, foosball tables, reading rooms … also are promoted.

Relaxing area helps the employees have work & life balance – WorldQuant Office – Saigon Center Building

Relaxing area helps the employees have work & life balance – WorldQuant Office – Saigon Center Building

Quick discussion area is arranged throughout the space – WorldQuant Office – Saigon Center Building

Depending on personalities and strategies, each enterprise chooses a style for its office construction. Each office is designed to meet its standards for optimal working efficiency through improvements at work in the company. With the new workforce generation who seeks meanings at work and work& life balance, office construction is a necessary step to help the enterprises change themselves to adapt to the new times. However, it is important to rely on workforce norms to give appropriate direction when constructing the office.