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Australia leads the way in rolling out a new activity based workplace strategy, ‘WorkSmart’ – a model that other Jones Lang LaSalle offices around the world are expected to follow

Jones Lang LaSalle’s largest office moves to 420 George Street in Sydney to adopt new work model developed in-house by the firm’s Corporate Solutions division


AUSTRALIA, 7 MARCH 2011–Jones Lang LaSalle has relocated its largest office in Sydney to 420 George Street following recent office moves in Canberra and Perth.
 
The global real estate services firm has launched in Australia its in-house designed WorkSmart workplace model over 3,700 square metres of office space in Sydney.  WorkSmart is an Activity Based Working model that incorporates enhanced mobility and flexibility through multiple activity settings and work locations.
 
The firm has leveraged the skill set of its Corporate Solutions Division to develop the WorkSmart model in-house and has utilised the skills of its Project and Development Services Division to complete the fit out for 420 George. 
 
Stephen Conry, CEO of Jones Lang LaSalle Australia said, “We are investing in our people by creating an outstanding working environment and also preparing for ongoing growth of our business.  After experiencing two record years of revenue and profit growth in 2010 and 2011 and investing heavily in people and systems, we are now giving back by investing in the highest quality work environs for our people.
 
“Australia is the first to roll out this new workplace model and I expect other Jones Lang LaSalle offices around the world will follow our lead.
 
“The look and feel of the new offices we have moved to in Sydney, Canberra and Perth is outstanding. Our colleagues are more energised by the new work environment.  We are taking slightly more space to set up our new Sydney Office than we previously had, but the use of space in our new occupancy is much more efficient.
 
“Improved mobility was made possible by converting all our team in Sydney to laptop computers and installing wireless access across the entire office.  We have incorporated internal stairs across the three floors of our new office fitout to help our teams and visitors connect and collaborate.
 
“Our  WorkSmart concept is about providing space that is highly mobile and flexible, giving our people the choice to select work settings which best suit the type of work they are doing. There are spaces to collaborate or concentrate and also a huge ‘Town Hall’ space where we can celebrate our achievements together as a firm.
 
“This investment is about being ahead of the pack in how we run our business and support our staff, which translates into better outcomes for our clients,” said Mr Conry
Jones Lang LaSalle has now relocated three of its Australian capital city offices to some of the most sustainable office buildings in the country. 
 
The new offices in Sydney and Canberra are now in 5 Star Green Star (v2) Office Design buildings. The WorkSmart model in Canberra is working well over the expanded tenancy of 1,418 square metres at 121 Marcus Clarke Street. The Perth office has relocated to Perth’s tallest office building, Central Park, which has a 5 Star NABERS Energy rating.
 
Mr Conry said, “Each new tenancy looks brilliant and is working well for us. You can see the difference in our team spirit and attitude.  All office fitouts were project managed by Jones Lang LaSalle’s Project and Development Services division. All were on time and on budget."
 
Managing Director for New South Wales, Michael Fenton said the Sydney office would be transformed by the new working environment.
 
“We are consolidating two Sydney locations into one and improving our space through the use of Activity Based Working principles.  Non-assigned desks means we can increase the work points for our employees from 2 settings (desk or meeting room) to 8 different settings (desk, meeting room, quite ‘hush’ room, discussion pods, team tables, café, floor hub, touch and go area for short stays).
 
“Studies have found that between 30% to 40% of desks are vacant in any company, at any given time.  This is generally the industry standard.  We found Jones Lang LaSalle fell within this range due to having a high number of people who work off-site with clients, particularly from our Project Management and Property Management businesses.
 
“Our new workspace has been designed with this in mind and we have developed our space to ensure the flexibility for future growth of the business.  The move has also seen other process improvement, for instance in the NSW business we reduced our paper storage by 60%. 
 
“We eliminated one lineal kilometre of paper records which was a great achievement by the teams, considering storage had built up over the 12 years we had been in our existing space,” said Mr Fenton.
 
The Project and Development Services division has invested heavily in using sustainable products in the office fitout at 420 George to create a healthy work environment, from GECA (Good Environmental Choice Australia) certified furniture, to recycled gyprock to energy efficient lighting.