Ricoh Australia creates a smarter workplace using its
own technology

New activity-based working environment uses Ricoh’s smarter workplace
technology to create positive change by empowering employees to work the way
they want

SYDNEY – 9 December 2015 - Ricoh Australia has created a smarter workplace at its new Head Office located in North Ryde using its own smarter workplace technology to improve its ability to adapt to change and meet business objectives now and into the future.

The new activity-based working environment has increased staff connectivity, collaboration, and productivity. It features dedicated workstations, conference facilities, one-on-one meeting rooms, and breakout areas to create the perfect setting for every work activity. Most importantly, it is underpinned by Ricoh’s own technology that facilitates smarter working, from interactive whiteboards and projectors to unified communications systems.

Alan Burt, CTO, Ricoh Australia, said, “Ricoh has always enabled customers to share and collaborate around information. As customers and work styles have changed, we are matching those changes to support the way work gets done.

“For example, mobility has made it possible to work remotely without any loss of efficiency or effectiveness. This changes the reason we go to the workplace: it is now more about collaborating with colleagues, customers, and suppliers. As a result, we designed our office to include spaces that better support each type of collaboration. Each setting and technology was selected based on the purpose of the meeting, the content being shared, and the need for interactivity and video-enabled spaces for better engagement with remote teams and customers.”

In selecting the technology to be used, Ricoh focused on interoperability, creating a platform that answers the same challenges customers face in supporting changes in the way they work. Ricoh’s interactive whiteboards form the centrepiece of remote collaboration, enabling teams work organically. The company’s unified communication systems let teams have stand-up meetings anywhere without expensive video and room infrastructure. The Ricoh portable projectors provide the perfect communication platform for audiences of all sizes.

Alan Burt said, “The choice of technology is absolutely key to our overarching goal, which is to improve work life by providing the tools employees need to imagine what’s next for the organisation, driving the necessary change to create the future you want.”

The new workplace also enhances Ricoh’s culture, breaking down the silos that can occur in a traditional working environment and bringing staff together in ways that are not contrived.
John Hall, managing director, Ricoh Australia, said, “The new office was designed to showcase what Ricoh is about for the future, making it a bright, modern space. The cultural transformation as a result of the new environment was instant; it’s amazing to feel the energy and see how everyone is already working differently. We could not have asked for a better result in terms of meeting our cultural expectations.”

The new working environment is relatively unique, according to Con Kanellis, Director, Pro Management Group, the company charged with completing the fitout.

Con Kanellis, said, “This project is unique in that it encompasses an ABW environment and it represents a living, breathing showcase of Ricoh’s culture, products and technology. The open plan and abundance of natural light reflects Ricoh’s ethos of collaboration. The key to the success of this project from Pro Management’s perspective was our ability to work closely with the Ricoh project team to meet deadlines, maintain the budget, and deliver a high-quality end product.”

John Hall said, “Ricoh has always been about helping customers share and collaborate. We’re practising what we preach by creating new ways of working; a smarter workplace, using our own technology.”

 

About Ricoh

Ricoh is a global technology company specialising in office imaging equipment, production print solutions, document management systems and IT services. Headquartered in Tokyo, Ricoh Group operates in about 200 countries and regions. In the financial year ending March 2015, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,231 billion yen (approx. 18.5 billion USD).

The majority of the company's revenue comes from products, solutions and services that improve the interaction between people and information. Ricoh also produces award-winning digital cameras and specialised industrial products. It is known for the quality of its technology, the exceptional standard of its customer service and sustainability initiatives.

Under its corporate tagline, imagine. change. Ricoh helps companies transform the way they work and harness the collective imagination of their employees.

For further information, please visit http://www.ricoh.com.au

Press Contact

Kate Marshall, Corporate Communications Manager
Ricoh Australia
Tel: 02 8977 1477 | katemarshall@ricoh.com.au

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