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Fujitsu Asia Introduces a Reimagined Workplace in Singapore
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January 20, 2021 News

 

Fujitsu announced plans to transform its office in Singapore to support smart working and diverse working styles with a focus on innovation, technology and driving trust as Singapore embarks on a new phase in the face of the pandemic and takes gradual steps in opening up the economy. The workplace transformation plans are part of Fujitsu’s global strategy to strengthen corporate resilience by harnessing digital transformation solutions amidst new and evolving challenges.

To future-proof the company, the holistic workplace transformation will see a shift in work, allowance and staff welfare development, away from the traditional assumption that employees commute to designated offices every day. The changes will apply to staff in the Singapore office.

Key areas include:

  • Empowering staff and work-life-balance: Starting from 2021, Fujitsu will introduce flexible work arrangements for all employees in Singapore, where employees can spend up to 90% of their time working from home.
  • Supporting employees’ needs at home: All full-time employees in Singapore receive a one-time allowance of up to S$1,000 to support their work-from-home needs.
  • Fostering a collaborative culture to drive innovation and productivity: Based on employees’ feedback on their envisaged use of office space, as well as expert advice, the existing office space in Singapore will be redesigned to support greater collaboration, enable productivity and accommodate diverse work styles. To support the new work system, adjustments such as the office space footprint’s reconfiguration will be made.
  • Reimagining work processes: Fujitsu will review and introduce solutions to streamline workflow and enhance existing processes such as IT support, collaboration, project approvals, while maintaining data security. Enhanced secure login methods without the need of VPN will be deployed for all employees to provide greater efficiency and better employee experience while managing network bandwidth.

The move will impact more than 500 employees, and is part of Fujitsu Work Life Shift, Fujitsu’s strategic transformation globally over a five-year period to create a more empowering, productive and creative working experience.

“An adaptive enterprise is critical to unlocking success, especially in uncertain times. Through Fujitsu’s Work Life Shift initiatives in Singapore, we are reimagining working styles through technology and innovation, connecting people and boosting collaboration. By incorporating the know-how gleaned from our internal learnings, we are better positioned to pivot from risk, add value and productivity, and enable companies in Singapore and Asia to be more agile and resilient,” said Motohiko Uno, President, Fujitsu Asia.

 

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A staff employee survey conducted during the Circuit Breaker period in 2020 shed light on their perceptions and preferences in terms of the office’s future role in the post-pandemic period. One in three respondents cited meetings as their main purpose to return to the office, while almost one in two (43%) would prefer to be in the office to clear administrative matters. Apart from having good hygiene practices and social distancing measures in place, employees wanted to have more face-to-face interaction when they return to the office. Touchpoints for interaction cited include cross-learning experiences as well as casual meetings with colleagues. Employees opined that face-to-face meetings were considered more efficient for “important” meetings and project discussions. Another important aspect is the social connection with colleagues – the people-to-people interaction to establish better working relationships.

A series of Fujitsu Work Life Shift digital solutions will be progressively deployed to improve collaboration and enhance workflow. Employees will be able to stay connected regardless of their locations through collaboration and enterprise-grade social networking tools. Access to the corporate network and office documents will be made more efficient and secure through an enhanced secure login system. A new Helpdesk tool will be rolled out to facilitate more efficient IT support for staff working remotely or in the office.

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