Cushman & Wakefield’s new Canadian headquarters at Bay and Front streets in Toronto offers employees more flexibility in the way they choose to work, with movable walls, sit-to-stand desks, focus rooms outfitted with soft seating, and several collaboration spaces with touchscreen smart boards.
Spanning two floors, the new workplace has an inter-connecting stairwell that subtly encourages more mobility of staff throughout the day, the company says, while the strategically designed key intersection points are meant to boost employee interaction across teams.
Creating a space that promotes employee engagement was at the forefront of the design, says Chuck Scott, CEO, Canada. “We wanted a workspace that was less siloed and more inviting for employees to engage with one another. One size doesn’t fit all and the same rings true for how people work. As a firm, we felt it important to create a space that offered flexibility to our employees in both the physical space and how they choose to work.”
The relocation and design of the new office is part of the firm’s global strategy of creating a workplace that is much more than just a place to come to work, the company says.
“It’s about community and having a space to welcome clients and host large scale client, internal and charity events. It’s a place where wellness and technology come together to drive a productive and happy workforce,” says Scott. “We have a culture of high performance and if we want to get the best from our employees we needed to create a space that supports just that.” The project was led, managed and implemented by Cushman & Wakefield’s in-house expertise, including the lease transaction, facilities management and project and development services overseeing the design and construction. A designated internal Move Team ensured the seamless transition of over 200 stakeholders across two offices relocating into the new location.
Immediately upon entering the space, guests walk past a 35-foot embossed Cushman & Wakefield logo spanning the length of the lobby hallway that sits adjacent to a five-screen digital showcase. Guests are welcomed by the designated front-of-house concierge, who creates an inviting atmosphere, offering beverages and snacks, with comfortable seating.
Clients are encouraged to use the space as though it is their own, offering plug and play capability to work anywhere throughout the office, including the café and lounge areas, focus rooms, collaboration spaces or the various high-top seating options scattered throughout that are in corners offering up incredible views of the city in every direction.
The company’s successes are celebrated on the internal digital screens, promoting high performers, key wins and other achievements. Healthy snacks and premium coffee, espresso, lattes and more are available. Easy to use technology in meeting rooms and flexible workstations create a more enjoyable work experience for employees, the company says.