Cisco's new cutting-edge office based on employee needs

Cisco's new cutting-edge office based on employee needs

SINGAPORE - As companies in Singapore struggle to retain top talents and boost productivity among staff, many like DBS Edelman and Facebook are choosing to invest in building attractive and comfortable work spaces for their workers.

Inside Cisco's new mega office

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    Cisco today announced the opening of its new regional headquarters in Singapore, marking 20 years of operations in the country.

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    The new office will house Cisco’s operations for Singapore and the region, including operations, sales, marketing, human resources, finance and Cisco Services.

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    t will also feature a Customer Briefing Center (CBC), where Cisco’s latest technologies and solutions are available for demonstrations, and proof-of-concepts with customers and partners.

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    Singapore is the headquarters for Cisco’s operations in Asia Pacific, Japan and Greater China.

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    Located at UE Biz Hub, within the Changi Business Park, Cisco’s new office brings together 1,000 employees from Cisco’s previous four offices around the island.

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    Reinforcing Cisco’s commitment to a connected workplace and sustainability, the new office in Singapore combines intelligent building structures and efficient energy consumption. Some of the green initiatives by Cisco include:

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    Cisco celebrates 20 years in Singapore this year having played a part in helping Singaporeans go online for the first time in 1994.

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    Over the years, Cisco has introduced leading-edge technologies that have transformed the way Singaporeans work, live, play and learn.

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    In 2000, Cisco and IDA created Singapore’s first Internet Home, completely transforming a four-room Housing Development Board (HDB) flat in Bishan.

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    The Internet Home, at that time, boasted always-on, broadband Internet access connecting nearly every household appliance and device in the flat.

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    Husband and wife Len Bosack and Sandy Lerner wanted to email each other from their respective offices located in different buildings but were unable to do so because of technological shortcomings.

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    Beginning to experiment with connecting detached networks, Bosack and Lerner ran network cables between two buildings on the Stanford campus, connecting them first with bridges, and then routers.

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    Their vision was to enable disparate networks to talk with one another and share information reliably. With that idea in mind, the multi-protocol router was born.

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    Since then Cisco has shaped the future of the Internet by creating unprecedented value and opportunity in using the network as a platform for transforming how people connect, communicate and collaborate.

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    Cisco was among the top ten “Best Employers” in Singapore in 2003.

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    In 2010, Cisco took the Guinness World Record for 'World’s largest art lesson'.

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    Cisco's office used to be at Wheelock Place, where it opened in 1996.

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Most recently, Information and communications technology (ICT) firm Cisco also chose to celebrate its 20th year operating in Singapore with a new mega office, which spans 120,000 square feet and brings together 1,000 employees from its previous four offices across the island.

The new Cisco office is meant to be cutting-edge in all aspects, designed to allow employees flexible working hours and unrestrictive spaces.

Instead of providing employees with tight and cramped cubicles and managers with closed private offices, the new office is a "connected workplace", with as many as 803 work environments for employees to choose from based on their tasks-at-hand.

Employees can choose their work space according to their work needs as each environment provides different tools  and technology.

This freedom will bring about business benefits such as the reduction of real estate costs, increased productivity and employee satisfaction, Cisco says.

ljessica@sph.com.sg

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