●In recent years, more and more companies have been implementing (or are considering the implementation of) agile workplaces including free address working or Activity Based Working (ABW), with the aim of achieving a more varied and flexible office environment.

 

●Many firms cite improved productivity as the main outcome of creating an agile office environment. At the same time, it is evident that companies also wish to build an office environment that maximises the skills of each employee, along with promoting communication and fostering a sense of unity.

 

●When embarking upon the relocation project, CBRE's Kansai Regional Office tested various experimental initiatives. Our aim was to create an office that enabled each employee to experience the corporate culture and brand in the same way, and encouraged collaboration in a way that went beyond the boundaries between head office, branches and departments. The project included the following four key new ventures.

 

●A relocation project involving employee participation

   ●Four working groups were formed, including a group in charge of formulating the new office structure, a group in charge of internal/external PR and event planning/management, a group in charge of ensuring that the new office embraces diversity, and a group in charge of implementing new technologies.

 

●Deployment of the latest technology

 

●The latest technologies were deployed what would promote internal and external communications

 

●Installation of a collaboration space

 

●Installation of a space for holding events and other gatherings, not just for employees, but also to invite customers and various external industry groups.

 

●Adoption of wellness ABW

   ●For example, 48% of the desks are standing desks.