Yesterday, Cisco opened its new regional headquarters in Singapore, one of the first in the world that was designed from the ground up on the principles of the Cisco Connected Workplace, which integrates technology seamlessly into the workplace to foster collaboration. The new office is a living, breathing example of what Cisco feels is the next generation workplace.
Earlier this year, Cisco brought together several thought leaders in the industry to discuss the next generation workplace and what it meant to them. The one common thread which they all agreed on was that the next generation workplace is becoming essential to attract and retain the best employees and that it is as much of a cultural shift as it is a technological shift.
This video captures the essence of that discussion which features Dinesh Malkani, then managing director of Cisco’s Collaboration business in Asia Pacific, Japan and Greater China; Simon Kahn, chief marketing officer, Asia Pacific, Google; Craig Gledhill, vice president, Regional Enterprise Business, Samsung Electronics; Han Kwee Juan, chief executive officer, Citibank Singapore; Garluck Lai, assistant director, Technology & Resource Management, Temasek Polytechnic; and Manoj Menon, partner and managing director, Asia Pacific, Frost and Sullivan.
“The next generation workplace is visual, collaborative, social, mobile and instantaneous. It is the de-centred centre. The desk that doesn’t need a chair,” said Malkani. “When we talk about the next generation workplace, we are talking about the point when we embrace what technology can do and use this to improve our work environment. It is when a computer is no longer just a word processing machine but a TelePresence hub. When our tablets and mobile phones connect to the server and allow us to work anywhere, anytime. It is when we embrace collaboration to bring the best out of all of us.”
Cisco’s perspective of the next generation workplace may not be the only one in the industry but our employees are really responding well to it and often cite it as one of the reasons why they love working for Cisco.
Here are some photos of Cisco’s regional headquarters in Singapore: