Employees, not bosses, come first in these amazing offices

Employees, not bosses, come first in these amazing offices

DBS Bank, Edelman

At big corporate offices, the best spaces in the office are usually given to management staff. But not at Singapore's largest bank, DBS Bank, and public relations firm, Edelman, where regular employees come first.

Since June, staff from DBS Bank have been moving into their new office, DBS Asia Central @ Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 3. By October, over 4,800 employees will be based here. The bank occupies 18 storeys of the 46-storey Tower 3.

And while senior managers usually get the best views of the office, the 180 degree view of the Marina Bay area is shared by all employees.

The managers' rooms are located near the centre of the office floor, while employees sit in sections near the full-height glass windows, giving them views of the Marina Bay area.

Cubicles are done away, as the bank wants to create an environment that mimics a communal hive where ideas are freely shared.

While office pantries tend to be hidden away in a corner, at DBS Asia Central, they are given "prime space". Called social hubs and found on all 18 floors, these are located next to the lift lobbies and have unblocked views of the Marina Bay area.

There are snack and drink vending machines, which feature the DBS Brew, a special blend of coffee designed for the bank.

Colourful furniture are placed at the social hubs, and to reflect the bank's Asian heritage, little details such as a Chinese vase, bales of fabric and wooden lattices adorn the area. The social hub also has a modern feel thanks to the use of glass walls installations, which double as whiteboard space.

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