The workplace transformation affected approximately 20 NCC employees, who had previously worked at their own workstations in an open-plan office. The space was, however, perceived as old-fashioned, and it did not support the operation.
An important part of the project was to create an atmosphere of open discussion. The aim was to implement the change by involving staff through co-development. At the beginning of the project, management and staff workshops and interviews were organized. Through the involvement of staff, it was possible to identify key areas for development and everyone’s hopes regarding the new space. The most important issues identified were the desire for a more modern space that would support both internal and external collaboration, improve visitor experience, support teamwork, and be more flexible and home-like.
“We wanted to update our premises to meet today’s needs, boost space utilization, and diversify our spaces to support a variety of work tasks. The aim was to develop our facilities to strengthen our culture and vice versa. We also wanted to be proud of our new ‘home’ and enable different experiments. Furthermore, it was important to encourage our employees to exercise during breaks and have fun at work. According to our employee survey, comfort at work and our workspaces did, in fact, improve compared to the previous year,” says Urban developer-hippie Eelis Rytkönen from NCC.