LEGO Opens New Office in Shanghai to Support Growth in China
LEGO is currently the world’s largest toy company and China is one country that is enjoying strong growth and still has lots of future potential.
To support this LEGO has opened a new main office in Shanghai. During the last few years, the number of office based employees has increased from 80 to 200. The new work place can accommodate up to 400 employees and 50 visitors within a 7,000 square metre floor space.
The style and layout follows the “new ways of working” principles implemented when it introduced it new London main office in 2014. Rather than there being fixed cubicles and desks for workers to occupy permanently, there is a hot-desk style of working, where employees are free to chose their seating arrangement and work schedules.
Employees will not be sitting in departments, LEGO’s new office work method intends to dissolve the traditional concept of a department and encourage collaboration from colleagues from different parts of the organisation.
Jacob Kragh, General Manager and Senior Vice President, LEGO China stated : “For the past three years we have onboarded many new employees who have been instrumental in bringing the LEGO play experience to children in China. We expect the number of employees to increase in the future, and I am very excited that we have these new and creative surroundings to accommodate them.”
When deciding the location of the new office, LEGO considered environmental issues and picked a location that is well served with public transport, the nearby station is an interchange for three subway lines. 90 per cent of the space enjoys natural light and energy saving LED lighting is also utilised.
Employees can also avail themselves of leisure and training facilities provided by the company.
Stephen Joseph Burke, Vice President of HR for LEGO China stated : “A key part of our success has been the conscious approach to create a flat corporate structure where we encourage employees to think ‘end to end’ and work across department boundaries. This is not new to the LEGO Group but new ways of working will further help facilitate our collaborative spirit in the company and reflects our value of caring and respecting our people.”
“An old Chinese proverb says that if you are harmonious in the family, you will be prosperous, and we believe that a harmonious work environment is necessary to achieve excellent results and sustainable growth.”
The LEGO Shanghai main office location is : ICC T2. No. 288, Shaanxi South Road Shanghai