Not only hip, but also well thought out: The thyssenkrupp Academy office concept

Career at thyssenkrupp | innovation | No fixed workplace in the office, no personal desk – this concept still fills many employees with unease. The thyssenkrupp Academy has demonstrated how to implement modern office concepts that meet individual needs, improve collaboration and save space as well at the Quarter, the head office of thyssenkrupp in Essen.

No fixed workplace in the office, no personal desk – this concept still fills many employees with unease. The thyssenkrupp Academy has demonstrated how to implement modern office concepts that meet individual needs, improve collaboration and save space as well at the Quarter, the head office of thyssenkrupp in Essen.
There is room for up to a third more people compared with conventional office concepts. And they can all find the space they need: space for quiet work, exchange or creativity. A flex-space system makes this possible: Desk sharing enables all workplaces to be used flexibly. No desk remains unused due to absences. Every morning employees choose a new workplace to match their work situation for the day.
Everyone has a mobile workstation: A container unit that holds their personal IT equipment. Everyone also has a personal locker for storing this unit overnight along with private bits & pieces and work documents. It also includes a personal mailbox. A room plan is located in the main entrance area on which all employees note where they want to sit for the day when they arrive. This enables every employee to see where there are free spaces and where colleagues can be found, while also offering visitors a quick overview.

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The different offices

Four different working areas are available: Desk-based work takes place in the various Work Spaces. The largest of these areas has room for twenty employees. Then there are closed group offices (for three or four people) which are also suitable for project work in small teams.
Everyone can retire to the library, the Comfort Zone, to concentrate on work in a quiet atmosphere. With laptop and documents – but without telephones. If the room is not being used for quiet work, short spontaneous meetings can also take place here.
Four Think Tanks offer private space for confidential meetings or longer telephone calls. Two of these rooms can be booked via Outlook to enable better planning, while the other two can be used spontaneously where available.
Creative work takes place in the Innovation Garage: The five meter long wooden table facilitates collaboration and the large whitewall helps maintain an overview when brainstorming.
Various meeting areas also offer space for exchanges: An enclosed Share Point with a big screen, a Meeting Cloud for up to four people and a larger meeting area – the kitchen table for a maximum of ten people, equipped with a projector and smart board. The Town Hall permits a variety of meeting scenarios: It can be used as an auditorium for the entire Academy team, for group meetings and workshops or for conventional meeting situations around a table.
It sounds like the perfect apartment share, but it is a workplace – at thyssenkrupp. That’s right, something that has mainly only been possible in offices to date. It’s not just a feel good measure here either though, but rather a space-saving concept that promotes productivity at work. Either way, we think it’s great.

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Ricardo Trevizan
  • written by Ricardo Trevizan
  • 17. October 2019

The concept is very interesting and lead to more integrated team and faster actions taken. The near future will be drive by mobility, integration, sharing and technology. thyssenkrupp in in the right way, and I’m proud tobe part of it.

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