You Are Where You Work
You Are Where You Work – How Office Space is Defining Start-up & Corporate Culture
Your company culture will be the only long-term competitive advantage an organisation can keep around. An enduring business knows that it’s team, or product, are just supporting players; teammates or executives will jump ship, network effects will slowly fade, and new competitors in the market or industry surface.
One of the most powerful ways of defining a vibrant culture and having your team live off it, is building one – quite literally – into your workplace. Let’s talk about how you are where you work, and how you can integrate culture into your physical environment.
As both an overarching idea and a hands-on approach for improving a neighbourhood, city, or region, placemaking inspires people to collectively reimagine and reinvent spaces as the heart of every community. Strengthening the connection between people and the places they share, placemaking refers to a collaborative process by which we can shape our collective realm in order to maximise shared value.
As with The Working Capitol and its historic neighbourhood of Keong Saik Road, it is a no-brainer to have the colour of the street – where tattoo parlours stood opposite temples, where kopis are poured by day and beers by night, where hawkers and Michelin star restaurants sit side by side – pour into The Working Capitol campus and inspire our melting pot of start-ups and members. In fact, the neighbourhood breathes life into our community and corporate culture, as well as our members’.
The open office layout got even more attention when corporate giants such as Google, American Express, and Facebook – companies just oozing with success – became big promoters of this new work environment. Cost may be one big factor for the trend, and then there’s collaboration. Collaborating and sharing ideas is what propels companies forward and leads to important deals and practices that may never have otherwise been implemented. Open office floor plans are built around this concept, and are meant to increase collaboration among colleagues.
The Working Capitol believes in breaking down the walls and barriers as well. Without these barriers, workers can constantly share ideas and feel freer and more laid back. Without the walls of separation, communication is quick and simple. Some may argue that open office floor plans can actually be less productive for employees, which we cannot ignore. That’s why we’ve balanced this out by offering activity based options to accommodate more focused blocks of work – from meeting rooms to phone pods and quiet private spaces for this purpose.
Health is wealth, they say. Today, our cognitive cogs, and the diversity between them, are being increasingly seen as equally important to our physical needs in the workplace. In order to build a strong employer brand for the future, companies have to offer work environments adapted to both our bodies and our minds.
By creating ergonomic workplaces that actively make users move around, like ergonomic sit/stand desks and amenities that encourage breaking away from your desks like breakout rooms and pods, employees don’t have the hazard of getting stuck in a rut that stifles their work and creativity. We use state-of-the-art furniture here at The Working Capitol; adjustable tables to match the adjustable chairs from trusted brands so that the optimal configuration is always within reach. We also have our breakout rooms and pods for the workers to use at their leisure, so they get to do their best work in any comfort they desire.
The flexibility of co-working spaces allows telecommuters or independent professionals to take advantage of interactions and business development opportunities that spring from the proximity to those with complementary skills. Co-working has risen into the mainstream as part of nearly every real estate strategy. This change is driving nearby retail foot traffic and accelerating the adoption of technologies that facilitate remote interactions. Even larger corporations are exploring the benefits of placing teams in up-and-coming locations to increase access to innovation, education, and talent without long-term commitments.
The Working Capitol was conceived through that belief; real estate being used as a vehicle to bring about characters in the name of collaboration. With our ever-growing portfolio of members in various industries, more of our members are readily matched with each other’s complementary skills.