Asia's most effective workspaces: Changi Airport Group (Singapore)

Changi Airport Group's newly-refurbished office takes our breath away with its indoor-outdoor concept.

Changi Airport Group (Singapore)

Employees - Over 900

Designed by - Realys Group

Singapore airport operator Changi Airport Group’s newly-unveiled office – within Terminal 2 of the hub – is a product of the organisation’s Workplace Transformation initiative that started back in 2013. The transformed space, equivalent to some 88 five-bedroom apartments, is in line with the group’s vision of being a “workplace of the future”.

Highlights

  • Teams sit in small clusters of four workstations each
  • Instead of the usual large floor of open workstations, the workspace is divided into smaller “communities” of between 40 and 60 employees
  • These communities are connected by a wide variety of alternative discussion spots and rooms
  • “Bio-phillic” design that brings the outdoors into the office: over 1,800 potted plants, green walls, and even a paludarium (aquarium combining both land and water elements)

So what?

  • An environment that not only facilitates but also encourages more in-depth conversations within teams
  • Atmosphere also reinforces the company’s sense of community spirit and belonging
  • Layout designed to prevent possible visual and noise distractions, even in open settings

They say:

“We are extremely proud of how we as a company have embraced the positive changes that Workplace Transformation has brought about. Through our post-transformation survey, our employees shared that effectiveness and communication at work are enhanced in the new workplace.

"In fact, 98% of our employees feel proud of our new workplace. At the end of the day, it’s really all about our people.”

- Justina Tan, Managing Director, People, Changi Airport Group

 

See also: 

Asia's most effective workspaces revealed

And the other nine workspaces showcased in the Asia's Most Effective Workspaces list are:

Inside Shopee's journey from startup to retail sensation
HRM Asia - 15 Feb 2018
Shopee encountered many resource challenges in its early years. Its Chief Commercial Officer Junjie Zhou shares how he guided the company to safe ground.
Leaders on leadership: Rolls-Royce's regional director
HRM Asia - 14 Feb 2018
Paul Harris, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars' Asia-Pacific Regional Director reveals the company's workforce plans for 2018.
Forecasting 2018's top three HR trends
Yamini Chinnuswamy - 12 Feb 2018
With transformation still a key theme, we take a look at the three towering issues that could well reinvent HR practices this year.
Up close and personal with a regional head of HR
Kelvin Ong - 09 Feb 2018
British American Tobacco's Asia-Pacific Head of HR Ji Yoon Chung gets candid.
Six reasons why you should invest in learning technology
HRM Asia - 07 Feb 2018
There are thousands of learning tools out there, and here are six guidelines to help your organisation make sense of them.
Asia's most effective workspaces: Tableau (Singapore)
Kelvin Ong - 07 Feb 2018
Last but not least, we go inside Tableau Asia-Pacific's headquarters - a space that encourages collaboration and inspires creativity.