Sue Davies dials in with Angela Biddle of Scott Carver to discuss workplace culture when most of the workplace are somewhere else.
14 May, 2020
A future of change seemed not to phase the Scott Carver team in the move to a new normal. Indeed their already cloud based studio successfully transitioned to a fluid option of working from home or working in the studio. The BIM Manager is managing his complex drawing files from home on a laptop! That alone is a testament to their online capacity
As a team of around 75 people they are looking at about 25% of them being in the office currently. An option that seems to have been adopted by many design studios giving a mature approach to the working day.
All that said Angela certainly believes that having a human connection is imperative and if that isn’t going to be in the office then it is going to be online. Angela’s team of Interiors Architects and designers have had consistency in their communication and all of them certainly feel that there has been no compromise at all with their clients, delivering successful presentations and outcomes as normal.
Culture is still very much key at SC with daily drop ins and Friday drinks as with many of our design fraternity. They have however made Wednesdays for Forum, where they share their projects and learning, something that is essential to the Scott Carver culture.
With Angela’s focus on Hospitality we talked about the how hotels might see this time whilst closed or quiet as an opportunity to innovate. We discussed how refreshing it is to see large hotel brands supporting the community by providing accommodation to those most impacted by the crisis, and how this was an important move for brands in times of uncertainty.
Scott Carver have a respect for their employees allowing them to make their own decisions around what works for them and their families/lifestyles I believe that Angela and the team are great Catalyst for change. It is only with this attitude that the roll out of change in any design studio happens seamlessly.
Great work Scott Carver, great work!
Article originally appeared in Indesign Aus
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