Tampere-based Unikie moved to Technopolis Hermia in 2019, and due to their rapid growth, the company needed bigger office space.
“Technopolis has been able to adapt to our growth and to find us more space on the campus whenever needed. Previously, our workspaces were in several locations at Technopolis Hermia. Now we wanted to create one shared office space for all our employees and enable opportunities for social interaction and a sense of community. By doing this we can also offer the best conditions for brainstorming and innovation,” explains Seppo Kuula, CEO at Unikie.
“It has been great to follow Unikie’s growth and to be able to meet their changing workspace needs. Office spaces are now being transformed to meet the needs of hybrid work, and the expectations towards offices are clearly rising. Here in Tampere, we have already conducted over twice as many office space renovations so far than in 2021 combined. Unikie’s new office space is a great example of a space that supports encounters at the office in the times of hybrid work,” says Henri Rantalainen, Business Unit Director for Tampere Operations at Technopolis.
The size of Unikie’s new office space is nearly 1,000 square meters, and the renovation was completed in August. Even in the hybrid working era, office has an important role in Unikie's company culture.
“The office has a great impact on the wellbeing, satisfaction and commitment of our personnel. The new office space is our home base, which offers different types of workspaces for our employees and draws them to the office,” says Laura Eve, People Business Partner at Unikie.
Employees in the focus on the planning of the new office space
In the planning of Unikie’s new office, one factor to take into consideration, in addition to the needs of the hybrid era, was that employees often work on client premises. Together with Technopolis, Unikie conducted a workplace survey to understand what employees valued and needed from the office, what types of workspaces they found appealing, and what they wanted from their own workstations.
“Based on the answers we, together with Technopolis, focused on creating enough quiet working spaces, meeting rooms to support hybrid meetings, smaller meeting rooms and phone booths, as well as spaces that could be adapted for different types of work. In addition, there are elements that support wellbeing, such as a space for relaxation with wall bars, an exercise ball and couches,” Eve explains.
As Unikie continues to grow rapidly, it is important that the office space remains adaptable to meet the future needs of the company and its employees.
“We cannot know what the future will bring and how the ways of working will evolve, and this was also taken into consideration in the planning of our office space. Together with Technopolis, we found excellent solutions for creating an adaptable workspace. Technopolis was clearly interested in what we needed and wanted from our office,” Eve concludes.
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