A healthy workplace is more than just setting the thermostat to the right temperature. It is a combination of a healthy mind in a healthy body, in a healthy building. Not only does this sound good, we also invariably translate this philosophy into our actual workplaces. A striking example is the new office building for our colleagues in Aalst. Greener, healthier and flexible are the keywords of the entire construction process.
On each floor, we take into account the departments that will be moving in. What do they do? What do they need to perform well? And how do we bring them together in the best possible way with other teams for internal consultation? We make choices to create a workplace that is as flexible as possible, taking into account changing project teams. The basis is identical for everyone, but we leave sufficient room for everyone’s own identity.
"We are merging existing and new buildings into one whole, united by the same vision and architecture."
Architect at Jan De Nul
Sharing life's ups and downs at the coffee machine
Every department is given its own meeting place. A cosy seating area, some standing tables, the necessary electrical equipment and good coffee invite employees to a good conversation, a team meeting or even a small presentation. Quiet workstations and call boxes will provide fall-back options for those in need of focussed work and seclusion.
We are building an office that is entirely geared towards what people want: a stimulating meeting place, a flexible working environment for self-development and, above all, a place where we feel good – both mentally and physically.
"When designing our new office building, we relied on sustainable technologies as the key to a greener building.”
A compact and open basis
On the first and second floor, we bring people together in fitness rooms, the company restaurant, the auditorium and the training centre.
A healthy mind in a healthy body: that's what we've been aiming for for a long time. For years, we have been inviting our colleagues to sports, creative and healthy initiatives through our internal FIT programme. Group classes or personal coaching give colleagues the time and space to let off steam and clear their heads before, during and after a busy working day.
The second floor will accommodate our training centre. Small and larger classrooms bring together starters and experienced colleagues to share and further develop their knowledge.
The company restaurant will offer a varied and healthy range of hot and cold dishes. The large terrace facing south-west offers space for lunch and outdoor meetings.