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ENGAGEMENT AND SATISFACTION
It seems now more than ever, workers are looking
to get more from their job than a pay packet and
a title. ey are seeking satisfaction, engagement
People are spending more time working than
ever before and there is now an expectation
that the culture of the organisation and physical
workspace support this level of personal
commitment and engage with workers on
a more visceral level.
To attract and retain the right people,
organisations are now rethinking ways of
enabling their staff to reach their true potential,
to give them a voice and to create a culture of
mutual respect and collaboration.
ere is a need for organisations to be more
flexible and collaborative in their work. Often,
high quality teams will come together and
disperse on a project-specific basis, therefore
reinforcing the need for effective communication
regardless of physical location.
Workplace environments need to reflect
this agility, providing the opportunity for staff
to choose the most suitable setting for any given
activity, whether it requires high levels of noisy
interaction or quiet, concentrated work.
HBO+EMTB's design of the NAB's Perth
offices showcases social space as just one of
the above trends.
NAB, Perth (HBO+EMTB)
Previously spread across three buildings, the
NAB's Perth offices needed to be amalgamated
across six floors in the CBD.
HBO+EMTB's resulting fitout supports the
development of a cohesive workplace culture
in a new, fresh environment.
e rectangular floor plates allow for a large
proportion of workstations to have access to
is is one of the elements that helped
NAB create a "greener" workplace and will
assist in their application process for a 5 Star
Green Star rating from the Green Building
Council of Australia.
Communication, transparency and community
are at the core of the new workplace.
e design concept supports these notions
through the inclusion of stairs which link the
floors, a "work hub" which collocates task-
based work settings with a kitchen space, a
dedicated client interface and a state-of-the-art
All staff are placed in an open plan configuration
with maximum access to task-based support
spaces such as ad hoc meeting rooms suitable
for two to three people.
As well as these informal "touchdown"
areas located within the workstations, staff are
supported by a cluster of meeting spaces on
Varying in size, these areas are grouped around
central stairs and a kitchen facility, which
integrates seamlessly into the workspace.
In summary, the fitout recognises the
1. Permanent desk
2. Non-permanent "touchdown" but
3. Team table or meeting space (ad hoc and
shared with other teams)
4. Totally mobile and serendipitous meetings
5. Formal meeting space (generally on another
floor to allow for confidentiality, formality
and scale -- meetings held here often involve
HBO+EMTB designed social space to support
scenarios 2, 3 and 4 on each floor. e spaces
were provided with interconnecting stairs and
are adjacent to the lift lobby.
ere are both open and enclosed spaces
that do not require bookings, however if
a space is being used, groups are encouraged
to move between floors to find another suitable
environment. Formal settings and meetings
are kept to an absolute minimum.
Social space is also a feature of the new Hay
Street offices of architectural, urban and interior
design firm Cameron Chisolm Nicol (CCN).
CCN director Greg Salter says the new office
environment promotes sustainable design
principles, exhibits a design culture and creates
a community-like environment.
The HBO+EMTB designed fitout of the NAB, Perth in the new Green Star rated 100 St Georges Terrace building supports a cohesive workplace culture.
NAB Perth images courtesy of HBO+EMTB, photography Adrian Lambert and Robert Frith, Acorn Photo Agency
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