Shell Thailand introduces ‘office of the future’, reveals newly renovated ‘Good Health & Well-Being Workplace’ in response to post-COVID-19 changes
Jul 22, 2020
Bangkok, Thailand – The Shell Company of Thailand Limited is highlighting its “Good Health & Well-Being Workplace”, a concept to reinforce positivity for employees’ physical and mental wellbeing, encourage employees to care for each other and support skills development, which will ultimately be of great value to themselves, customers, and society while keeping staff receptive to changes during the ‘new normal’. The concept is showcased through the “office of the future”, a workplace revamp project that aims to develop employees with three principles in mind: health and hygiene in the office, an environmentally-friendly workplace, and supporting employees to have an open mindset for learning. With enhancement of safety standards from the inside out, the concept is a response to changes during the recovery phase of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mr.Panun Prachuabmoh, Country Chairman
Shell Thailand Facility
Gym at Shell Thailand
Shell Thailand Office
Panun Prachuabmoh, Country Chairman, the Shell Company of Thailand Limited, said “Following the pandemic, we have management strategies to prepare all Shell staff for this unfamiliar, uncertain situation. This is considered a challenge that requires systematic management in order to maintain our staff’s physical and mental well-being in the workplace. We have implemented the concept ‘Good Health & Well-Being Workplace’, which puts an emphasis on colleagues caring for one another, as everyone must adapt themselves, their teams, and their ways of working while still continuing the lifelong pursuit of learning.”
The concept of ‘Good Health & Well-Being Workplace’ leads to operations that focus on three aspects:
- Healthy & Hygienic Office – the concept focuses on care and safety for all employees. At Shell, having employees maintain their health and wellness is one of our business operations goals. This includes planning for staff collaboration and encouraging mobility – both while working at home and the office. Shell has enacted physical distancing measures and provides ergonomic furniture and equipment designed to support the functions of the human body such as computer screens and adjustable height desks to serve each employee’s different posture and working preference. The company also offers an on-demand sports club for employees’ improved physical and mental wellness while other office policies advocate social distancing, mask wearing, and frequent hand washing.
Following the pandemic, Shell continues to place safety as its top priority, both in the office and employees’ homes, for the best quality of life for them and their families. Due to changes in employees’ daily lives in regard to work, commuting, and relaxation, Shell has enhanced its workplace cleaning standards e.g. the company has increased the frequency of cleaning (sanitizing frequently-touched surfaces every two hours), begun providing face masks and personal hygiene necessities, installed hand gel dispensers and placed cleansing wipes and sprays throughout the office, set up rules for elevator use, and finally, limited the number of employees allowed at a cafeteria table, other seating, and in meeting rooms across the office.
- Energy Efficiency & Environmentally Friendly Space – Despite the effects from the COVID-19 pandemic, Shell is committed to operating its business responsibly and taking the environment into consideration throughout its business chain. In terms of workplace and manpower, Shell carefully maximizes limited resources to their full efficiency, leverages digital technology, and emphasizes cleaner energy while reducing environmental impacts. The company has created a workplace environment that supports a better relationship between people and nature by increasing green space – adding plants inside and outside buildings, separating waste, reducing the use of plastics, and installing automatic light switches and faucets. The company has also located solar panels on the roofs of office buildings and parking garages to generate energy for office use while ultimately reducing carbon emissions throughout its business operations.
- Engagement & Learning Mindset – To improve employees’ thinking capability and physical energy, Shell supports self-development among its staff. To maximize their work efficiency, Shell employees are encouraged to acquire new skills and given opportunities to grow and experience work in a field of their interest. Additionally, the company reinforces the learner mindset so that employees become receptive to change and attain an eagerness for learning, learning from mistakes, and exploring new sources of knowledge. To enhance productivity and flexibility, employees are encouraged to be prepared for new work practices that could be different or additional to their normal roles, while maximizing the use of digital technology.
“The COVID-19 pandemic drove us to further reflect on the importance of manpower; Shell’s focus is developing our people to become receptive to change and perpetually prioritize safety. When our people are safe, strong, and equipped with learning capability as well as empathy, they can further care for their family, customers, partners, and society. At Shell, nothing is of greater importance than our commitment to providing energy and having our products and services remining a part of people’s lives and safety, economic stability, and overall happiness, for today and tomorrow,” Panun concluded.
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