Office redesign – A refreshing journey to catch the HR trend early of Bayer and Tetra Pak
Gen Y and Gen Z have been being the main labor forces in society. And these generations will shape the future environment. While Gen Y seeks for a working environment that can help them collaborate with many people, Gen Z heightens personalities at work. The common point of these two generations is that they both were born with the impacts of technology and the flat world, so communication is always a priority. Besides, a flexible job with time mobility is also a factor that both generations towards to.
To grasp the future labor trends and attract talents, the companies have started to reform themselves, firstly from redesigning offices to fit the new laborer generations.
Catch the trend early with the green office design at Tetra Pak
Tetra Pak is a famous brand from Switzerland in food packaging solutions.
From a company that mainly pays attention to the efficiency of the production lines, Tetra Pak now wants to focus on human development through building a new office style that is an employee-focused office where the employee interaction is heightened. The new office design not only demonstrates reliability and credibility to the customers but also has to meet environmentally friendly standards LEED V4 (Leadership in Energy Environmental Design – The International standard system of green architecture). One point to be noticed when designing the office for Tetra Pak is to follow the instructions from the Corporation.
The requirements of both meeting LEED v4 standards and following the instructions from the Corporation (Activity Based Working) mean that the new office of Tetra must meet environmentally friendly criteria while ensuring the comfort working experience for the employees.
ADP designs Tetra Pak office in a dynamic and flexible manner. The main point of design instructions from the parent company is in the diversity of the working areas, meeting each employee’s needs. This requirement is satisfied by the design of various working locations from fixed to flexible ones which are easy to move to stimulate creativity. In addition to the highly-concentrated meeting rooms, the office also is arranged with additional small meeting rooms which are highly interactive and outside discussion areas. The employees also have many options to choose meeting spaces and areas for meeting and exchanging with their colleagues … The design uses flexible and versatile furniture such as easy-to-move chairs, detachable tables which create the communication initiatives for the employees.
To convey the spirit of a dynamic and environmentally friendly office, ADP applies the ‘Our Natural Environment’ concept which expresses the constant innovation and the strong environmental-protection attitude of the company. The Scandinavian design style uses the brand’s blue color along with neutral and natural tones. The sustainability element in the office design is reflected by the glass system installed throughout the office that takes full advantage of natural light. Using LED lights with a standardized light level below 300 lux is proven to motivate people to work more productively and even save more energy. The color of such lights also creates bright shiny and friendly feelings while the light is considered as the light of hope and always looking to the future. The green element in the Tetra Pak office is reflected in the environmentally friendly non-toxic and Low-VOC materials that meet Green Standards (standards for plastic products, sealants, interior paints and coatings) to protect the employees’ health. To affirm the brand, the logo images and the core values of the company are presented on the walls, the posters and the reception area of Tetra Pak.
The Bayer Office Design based on the LIFE core values
Bayer is a Life Science Company with more than 150 years of history in the fields of health care and agriculture. Bayer is known for its LIFE core values namely: Leadership, Integrity, Flexibility, and Efficiency.
The new office design must satisfy the demand for creating an inspiring working environment. The office after construction must create an ideal working environment to not only attract talents but also demonstrate the LIFE core values to bring reliability to the customers.
The new office design is developed to reflect Bayer’s LIFE values and still satisfy the youthful and dynamic orientation. The office design follows a regional basis, including working areas and meeting areas. Personal workspaces are not limited to the seats of each person, but also have additional shared desks, group meeting spaces or places for encouraging discussions and exchanges.
To enhance interaction and meetings between employees, common areas such as food courts, waiting rooms or small meeting rooms are located among working areas, private offices and meeting rooms in the office.
With the people-centered approach, the Bayer office is designed to ensure the balance between work and life through co-working spaces or lunch break areas and relaxing areas.
The concept of Bayer office design is CONTINUING LINES with the expectation of the company’s continuous development. This concept is visualized through the design language of the office. A green office is close to the environment thanks to many green arrays arranged alternatively in working areas. The green arrays and furniture are also selected in green tones.
In the office design process, the brand element is integrated through posters and slogans. Bayer’s logo is arranged in the reception area. The company’s LIFE values are also shown on the office’s walls.
The two large companies in the manufacturing sector are making new changes, from the production line-based industry having mainly focused on products now paying attention to human resources and taking the employees as the center. Building offices and creating corporate cultures towards Gen Y and Gen Z generations will be a new trend that changes offices in the near future.