A+W has opened a new headquarters facility in Polheim, Hessen, Germany. According to the company, the new buildings offer space for more than 150 employees.
“Despite occasional skepticism at the beginning, our employees have reacted positively and some are even thrilled with our new place of business,” says A+W CFO George Evers. “Nevertheless, many individual offices have been replaced by the ‘open space’ concept. I have not met anyone who has seen this as a disadvantage.”
The company worked with office furnishing supplier CEKA to implement the open space concept.
The facility contains several conference rooms, equipped with modern media technology, designed to facilitate work meetings and training with various numbers of participants, according to the company, along a reception area that is equipped with a coffee bar. The facility also includes a library furnished with “comfortable bistro tables.”
“It surprised and pleased me how spontaneously the open concept and attractive library area was accepted and used by the employees,” says managing director Uwe Schmid. “We were barely moved in and already work groups and employees with customers were sitting in the pleasant communication zones. In our previous offices they first had to search for a free room for 15 minutes in order to then meet isolated in a closed room. These are the advantages that are immediately experienced and that do not need to be explained.”
The facility contains 3,600 square meters of office space, divided into two pavilion buildings.
In other news at A+W, the company recently was recognized for its Business Pro software solution by the German Mid-Sized Companies Initiative. The company was recognized specifically in the ERP category and received the Innovation Prize IT.