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JLL wins at national property awards

JLL recognised for its in-house designed Activity Based Working model, WorkSmart@420 at Property Council of Australia’s Innovation & Excellence Awards 2014

​AUSTRALIA, 19 MAY 2014 – JLL has taken out a national award for ‘Best Workplace Project’ for the new workplace model it pioneered in its Sydney office, called WorkSmart@420.  The Activity Based Working (ABW) model was developed in-house by the firm’s Corporate Solutions division.

JLL was given the prestigious award at the 2014 Property Council of Australia / Rider Levett Bucknall Innovation & Excellence Awards in Sydney on Saturday night.

The global real estate services firm launched in Australia its in-house designed WorkSmart workplace model over 3,700 square metres of office space in Sydney two years ago at 420 George Street.  

WorkSmart is an Activity Based Working (ABW) model that incorporates enhanced mobility and flexibility through multiple activity settings and work locations.  Using non-assigned desks, the work points for employees has been increased from 2 settings (desk or meeting room) to 8 different settings (desk, meeting room, quiet ‘hush’ room, discussion pods, team tables, café, floor hub, touch and go area for short stays).

Director of Corporate Solutions at JLL, Rajiv Nagrath led the development of the WorkSmart model with a pilot installation in the Singapore office followed by formal adoption in the new Sydney and Canberra offices in Australia. 

“The award win is testament to the hard work the JLL team put into the development of our own brand of ABW and the success of this model in our workplace.  This new way of working has transformed our office environment by significantly increasing the creative and collaborative experience for our employees and has resulted in a much more dynamic work environment.”

“What we are most proud of is that we delivered WorkSmart@420 ourselves. JLL specialists were responsible for creating our workplace strategy, negotiating our lease, fitting out the space and the ongoing management of the facility.  We also utilised our own change management resources to make sure the workplace change ‘sticks’,” said Mr Nagrath.