Start with a pleasant work environment
There are many myths surrounding the work of auditors. Tedious, monotonous work, numbers wherever you look, overtime and difficulty in finding any sympathy. Few people would associate this profession with a relaxed atmosphere and well-being. Audit firm Mazars in Bratislava, Slovakia also comes up against these stereotypes. They became aware that their office interior was out of step with their warm and friendly approach to both clients and employees. They decided on a change, and requested assistance from TECHO. Our role was to show the young generation of auditors that even a serious profession deserves an informal and inspirational environment.
A 180 degree turn
We were involved in the Mazars new office project right from the beginning. We worked with architect Stanislav Meliš during the initial design phase and together we guided the project all the way to successful handover. The major challenge we had to overcome was to complete the work whilst the office was still operating.
We started to change the layout and fit-out the entire space. New offices and meeting rooms along with open-plan space were created. Glass partitions optically enlarge the space and add light. We painted some of the walls with writable and magnetic paints, on which employees can leave messages and write important notes and comments for colleagues.
Modern space as an HR tool. For young people in particular, a relaxed and interesting work environment is a major attraction. The times when the office was just a place where employees chalked off their eight hours are long gone. Today it should be a place where you feel comfortable, a place that promotes communication and creativity.
Positive impression. Many people are surprised by the informality. The difference between expectations and reality causes the experience to be engraved in your memory. From the moment you walk through the door the space creates a friendly atmosphere, which promotes the brand in its segment.
Increased interaction. At the outset employees were somewhat apprehensive about the change from traditional offices, but in the end they welcomed the transformation. Assistants are located in the same space as their superior so they can better learn from them. Communication within the firm has improved considerably.
We created differing zones in the open-plan space, for example a creative zone Creathink and a “Zen zone” – space for one-to-one meetings in which employees can also work without distraction.
Architect Meliš states that the implementation of the project has significantly improved the company environment. People benefit from increased daylight, a view, new perceptions and a more tactile and bright space. An attractive feature is the podium giving a wonderful view out to the horizon.