The modern office space has changed drastically from what it once was. Gone are the rigid cubicle farms, replaced by the rising popularity of open floor-plans, and more recently, the inclusion of communal spaces and even ping pong tables. While trends in office design continue to fluctuate, one thing remains constant — the significant impact office environments have on employee health, wellbeing, and consequently their productivity.
Understanding this, M.K Real Estate Development — reputed for quality residential projects — has decided to hop on board the global trend, not only by developing projects that put health and wellbeing at the forefront, but also by ensuring that their office spaces offer an atmosphere that help employees feel comfortable, motivated, and productive. In an exclusive chat with Prestige, managing director Dusadee Tancharoen shares her views on prioritising health and happiness in the workplace, and how she’s applied these concepts to her company. From yoga rooms and communal areas, to rooftop gardens, here’s everything we love about what she’s done.
Wellbeing-Focused Communal Spaces and a Flexible Approach to Work
Quick to embrace the rising popularity of shared areas, co-working spaces, and a wellbeing-oriented approach to work, these out-of-the-box and creative hubs dominate the offices of M.K. Real Estate Development. Upon entering the building via the ground floor, visitors are greeted by what is dubbed the ‘Co-Wellnest’ — an open space with meeting rooms, small clusters of sofa-chairs, and refreshing bursts of greenery. On the eighth floor is a shared canteen, which even comes complete with a proper ping pong table. This isn’t the only time recreation is integrated into the work environment, and elements of fun — cue the likes of play stations and more — can be found throughout the building, as a way to let employees unwind and spark creativity. According to Dusadee, creating a holistic environment catered to the mental and social needs of her employees is especially important, and can be achieved by encouraging her staff members to lead healthy lives, consume good nutrition, and also maintain positive relationships amongst one another.
Her ideals are reflected not only in the design of the spaces, but in the policies she implements. For instance, the company has a flexible policy when it comes to work hours — some employees have the option of working from home, provided they follow the company’s code of conduct. Dusadee shares that this staff-centric approach in her company is her way of planting a seed — one where the physical and mental health of the people reign supreme — and through M.K. Real Estate Development’s various projects, can continue to disseminate and spread into the public as a whole.
The Focus on Fitness
Responding to a great need amongst office workers for time to clock in at the gym, M.K. Real Estate Development has managed to incorporate fitness and physical health into nearly all elements of office design. From treadmill-desks — which Dusadee herself can often be seen using in her office — to exercise-ball chairs, company employees are constantly encouraged to move about in order to stay healthy and inspired.
Dusadee has also implemented several forward-thinking concepts, including the idea of “walking” meetings, massage services to staff at work, as well as creating various challenges each month to motivate team members. Of course, in cases where a few steps on a treadmill, or working at the standing desks available aren’t enough, there’s a large, fully-equipped fitness centre within the building on the fifth floor, which even comes with yoga rooms for classes.
The Rooftop Farm
As Thailand’s gastronomy scene moves towards the organic, clean, and chemical-free, so too does M.K. Real Estate. Taking things up a notch, Dusadee has even used her company to add a touch of greenery to the city, with a stunning organic rooftop farm where employees can both harvest their own veggies — to use in their healthy lunches, of course — while enjoying stunning panoramic views of the city. Everything has been carefully thought out to bring the best for the team and nearby communities — even the materials used are environmentally friendly, with as little an impact as possible on the surroundings.
The implementation of organic, sustainable living doesn’t stop at just the roof, but has been deeply rooted into the company culture. When we ask Dusadee for her motives behind these spaces, she tells us this is but an essential first step. “If we want to create a truly holistic environment of well-being that shows through our work, we must first start from looking after our own employees within the organisation, and instilling these ideas in them. This way, they can then pass on this happiness to our customers through the products and services we provide.”
To find out more about M.K. Real Estate and their projects, visit mk.co.th.