LEGO Group innovates daily work in London office
Following on from last nights article about the new London office, more details have emerged on their new office inovations. The new main office in London is designed to increase collaboration. The workplace is divided into flexible work zones with no fixed seating and no offices for managers. Bali Padda is COO and Executive Vice President, member of the Management Board of the LEGO Group and responsible for overseeing the global operations of the LEGO Group.
But he has no private office. Nor does anyone else of the more than 120 employees working at the LEGO Group’s new office in London.
“We have introduced an entirely new way of working in the new office. The biggest impact is that the traditional, physical concept of ‘a department’ has dissolved and this encourages cross-organisational collaboration even more than we are used to in the LEGO Group,” says Bali Padda.
The new way of working is based on a concept called ‘Activity Based working’ and the LEGO Group is among the first companies in the UK to develop and integrate the concept, which has a big impact on the daily work life of the more than 120 LEGO employees currently working in the London office.
“All employees have to get used to the fact that they do not have a dedicated desk, and that their activities during the work day determine where they are – not what department they are part of,” says Bali Padda.
Once employees have placed their belongings in one of the lockers by the office entrance, they can go to either a meeting room, one of the quiet zones if they wish to concentrate on a specific individual task or they can choose to work in one of the office areas where employees can discuss more freely or have phone conversations.
“If an employee leaves any workspace for more than one and a half hour, they need to empty the desk to make room for other employees. Thus we utilise the space better and create a more flexible environment where employees meet new colleagues all the time,” says Bali Padda, adding:
“For us, this is a move towards an office culture that embraces the diversity of the entire organisation and offers a work environment that allows employees from very different parts of our organisation to learn from each other and thereby allows us to think and act more holistically – ultimately making better decisions,” says Bali Padda.
The London office is a pilot run of the new way of working, and potentially it could be established at other LEGO locations in future.