Workplace vitality: Boosting productivity and engagement
Even before Covid, modern employers were experimenting with redesigning office spaces. Since we spend so much of our lives at work, it was reasoned, pleasant workplaces breed happy workers who do better work. Theoretically, a more engaging office space would also lead to creativity. As nearly summarised in January this year by Bartleby, The Economist's column on management and work, "there is a near-universal obsession with turning bits of offices into playrooms: brightly coloured furniture, hammocks, blackboards, chairs that are far too low to the ground for adults."
Rows of desks and cubicles have given way to open-plan workspaces with ancillary features like gyms, yoga/meditation rooms, gourmet kitchens, and high-tech collaboration spaces. Modern, "disruptive" workspaces are believed by some to have led more workers to return to their sites of employment after long periods of working from home during the pandemic. Other companies have adopted hub-and-spokes models, allowing workers the option of commuting all the way to the main office or working at subordinate locations closer to home.
But how important or even helpful are new-fangled workplaces? How popular are they? What kinds of office space innovation are just around the corner? How to improve workplace engagement and creativity without going so far into the comfort zone that people forget to actually work? Will it be, as another Bartleby column offers, the stark contrast between "a spacious, collaborative environment that makes the commute worth it" or "a building full of heavily surveilled drunkards."
Join us for this intimate roundtable discussion with several experts from relevant industries.
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8:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Registration and Networking
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Panel dicussion and Q&A
Principal and Founder of Suh Architects
As principal and founder of Suh Architects since 2006, Eulho Suh has built a broad range of commercial and conceptual work in his 30 years of practice in New York, LA, and Seoul. He has reestablished corporate and cultural identities through unconventional material choices, technological innovation, and traditional sensibilities. As an architect, he shapes not only spaces for work and recreation, but helps companies reimagine their future goals and programs.
Recent projects include the Hyundai’s Motorstudio in Seoul, KIA training center, and Genesis showrooms both in Suji and New York City. Eulho received his undergraduate B Arch from the Rhode Island School of Design and his MArch from the Harvard University.
Director, Head of Workplace Strategy & Change Management at CBRE Korea
Chris is responsible for the ongoing development of CBRE’s workplace strategy & change practice in Korea to ensure continued success in delivering innovative solutions for clients. Skilled in collaborative leadership and business development, Chris has over 15 years of international & domestic experience across real estate & workplace, consumer goods, and finance sector, where he has led business growth, strategic planning, operational change, and coached teams.
Chris is capable of executing a wide array of work scopes and projects and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from both Korea and the United States. Prior to joining CBRE, Chris built his career at a large consumer goods company developing, leading and managing overseas retail business, improving internal processes, and establishing local strategic partnerships. At CBRE, Chris has developed workplace strategy and change management programs for business stakeholders moving to Activity Based Workplace (ABW) for firms in the pharmaceutical, manufacturing, banking, and technology industry. This hands-on experience involved delivering executives interviews, workshops, surveys, communications programs and other activities engaging multiple stakeholders.
Mr. Bryan Luro joined The Adecco Group in 2017, as Country Director for Spring Professional in Taiwan (Talent Solutions) and was appointed as a Country Manager of Adecco (Workforce Solutions & Talent Solutions) in South Korea in October 2019. In his current role, he overseas the whole operations of The Adecco Group in South Korea across 5 branches, 100 Consultants, 2500 associates and over 300 customers.
Mr. Luro is an Asia veteran where he started his career 20 years ago and holds a Post Graduate Degree in Human Resources Management and 2 master’s degrees in Business Management. After his education, he moved to Asia and started his career as a Recruitment Consultant at AtoZ Consulting in 2003, thereafter joined MRI Worldwide. He joined Korn/Ferry Futurestep as Market Leader, Greater China in 2007. From 2011 until 2017, he held various positions at Michael Page and then Hudson China including Associate Director, Director and Regional Director of Beijing & Northern China.
During his 20 years of working experience in Asia recruitment industry, he could witness the evolution of the job market in the region and now is putting his market insights and expertise to help our customers, candidates, and associates to navigate in, the Future of Work and a constant changing Talent landscape.
Paul Whang is the Business Development Director, Korea, WeWork Based in Seoul, Paul is responsible for establishing and building leads for WeWork by engaging companies of all sizes from multinational companies, and government organizations to startups in South Korea. In addition to this, he also supports Korean companies looking to expand their presence with WeWork outside of Korea. In his previous capacity, Paul was the Portfolio Director of WeWork Korea and oversaw its sales operations and activities, including market analysis and member growth; which contributed to WeWork Korea’s momentum and growth. He first joined WeWork in November 2018 as an Account Executive of the Regional Sales Team. Paul is well-versed in international communication and relations; which he developed based on his previous roles in Far East Broadcasting Company and Defense Acquisition Program Administration.
Network Moderator, Seoul at Economist Intelligence Corporate Network
Jacco Zwetsloot has lived in Korea for 20 of the last 25 years, with a broad range of work experience in the communication, legal, tourism, training and broadcasting sectors. He has worked as an English teacher, a tour guide for the US military, a regular radio show guest, and a translator of North Korean propaganda. Currently, Jacco works as a content creator for a communications consultancy Insight Communications Consultants, hosts a weekly podcast about North Korea, moderates panel discussions, writes a monthly Korean newspaper column and still leads occasional lunchtime walking tours in downtown Seoul for the Royal Asiatic Society Business & Culture Club. Jacco holds a Master of Arts degree in Korean Studies from Leiden University, a Bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies from Monash University and a separate Bachelor of Arts in Modern European Studies and German Language from the University of Melbourne.