Don’t just manage the building. Support working relationships by speaking to your people when decisions are being made. Explore how it affects them and you.
Start with your choice of building
Building? Leasing? Or renting? Include smart office initiatives as a key part of the process and include them in contracts where you can. If you’re already in a locked lease, work closely with the owners and let them know the things you want to change and how they can add value to their building.
Tailor what you do
Tailor what you do to the needs of your current team and the work you do. Make sure that you review this regularly so that you can address inefficiencies before they creep in – saving you money and time.
Watch how people use the office space to make sure it’s designed in the way that people want to use it.
Create a brief for your building which links the office space to your organisational goals.
With up to 80% of work space unoccupied at any one time, desk sharing, hot desking and flexible shared work spaces reduces the space and energy required for your office.
Think about your future business needs, not just what it’s doing now.
Everyone likes to work differently. So don’t just sit people in ‘teams’; allow them to decide where they do their best work to get the best out of them.
What we do
With our two largest offices being based in Wellington and Christchurch, it’s important for us to make sure our employees will be safe should a natural disaster take place.
Being in an energy efficient building with lots of natural light also increases productivity. For Meridian, the choice of building has played a big part in reducing our staff sick days. When we moved into our Wellington offices, sick days reduced by two-thirds.
More things we do
We have agile workspaces which allow people to work where they feel most productive. There’s a large variety of roles within Meridian, and one-size doesn’t fit all.
We understand our business functions and what things staff need to do on a daily basis, which helps us plan our workspaces.
Our use of technology allows our staff to have a flexible working environment, such as working from home as well as in offices around the country.
Energy efficiency at work
Focusing on energy efficiency is the fastest way to improve your bottom line and reduce your environmental impact.