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What’s the Point of the Office?

Thomas Moller Lybaek

Thomas Moller Lybaek

HR Process Innovation Director at The LEGO Group

Thomas Moller Lybaek, HR Process Innovation Director at The LEGO Group

Thomas Moeller Lybaek, HR Process Innovation Director at The LEGO Group 

The issue of office space and how to optimise the shift towards hybrid working has, for obvious reasons, come under massive scrutiny. Undoubtedly we’re moving into a Covid-adapted landscape. So now is the time to solve the workspace issue and discover what’s the point of your office?

Quartz UK spoke to Thomas Moeller Lybaek, HR Process Innovation Director at The LEGO Group, who told us why it’s important for his team.  

First and foremost, you need to treasure your employees: “Employees are your greatest assets”, he said, “they produce the great ideas that create great customer experiences. Without any employees, you don’t have a brand”.  

Employee Engagement 

Set against the backdrop of the great resignation, which Thomas suggests could be more of a “great reshuffle”, the issue of engaging employees is more important than ever. This is truer still if you require your employees to be in the office at least part-time: “Even with an employee turnover of less than 5%, we need to have a highly satisfied and motivated workforce”.  

But what is the purpose of the office? From Thomas’ point of view, it’s about the very culture of LEGO, down to the bricks that have made the company so famous: “LEGO’s DNA is about play and physical experience. We need our employees to, at least some of the time, live that experience,” Thomas told us. 

Social Spaces 

But it’s not just about getting people into the office space. It’s about more than that: “We needed to create a social space to fuel new ideas. So that people could talk to other departments and connect the dots across the company – it helps solve problems!”  

So if you need to do a bit of creative problem-solving or physicality is part of the very bones of your organisation – and if that requires office-based work – then it can provide huge benefits to make the office space an attractive place to be. Create spaces for different requirements. Make sure that people can exercise. Allow the office to be a social, human space and you may have to do less convincing than you thought.  

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