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​​How changing chair colours helped Momentum Metropolitan get staff back at the office

By 18 May 2022Human Resources2 min read
Return to office - How changing chair colours helped Momentum Metropolitan get staff back at the office

  • Momentum Metropolitan aimed to lure employees back to their offices by renovating workplaces. 
  • Head of Human Capital Annette Breetzke said the aim was to get employees to want to return to the office instead of forcing them to return. 
  • And the company didn’t spend a lot of money renovating but instead moved around furniture and even covered office chairs with bright colours. 

As lockdown restrictions eased across South Africa, financial services group Momentum Metropolitan sought to lure back employees back to the offices by renovating workplaces. 

Head of Human Capital at Momentum Metropolitan Annette Breetzke said that the aim was to get employees to want to return to the office, instead of forcing them to return. 

“We are finding because it’s now such a nice vibe back at the office; the chairs are nice and there’s good coffee, people are actually looking forward to return,” Annette said.

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She said that the company didn’t necessarily spend a lot of money to renovate their offices, but instead moved furniture around and covered office chairs with colourful material. 

“You don’t have to spend excessive amounts of money. If we are talking about revamping our offices, we reused most of our old material, old desks, et cetera, et cetera, but just moving them around, putting them at a different angle.”

“Colour makes a difference. So putting material over chairs makes a difference. Light makes a difference: Open up a blind, Close a blind, etc.” 

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Annette said Momentum Metropolitan’s approach to returning to the office has been different for different teams, with some teams returning to the office full time while others only come to the office once or twice a week. 

“My IT technicians, for example, I know want to work at home on their own.” 

But, she said, the one non-negotiable for Momentum Metropolitan has been performance and where working from home affected an employee’s performance, they have been asked to return to the office. 

“Everyone has different needs, and it is about allowing the space for those needs. It is about giving people the freedom to work from home, but also the benefits that working in an office space provides.”

 

Francois de Wet

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