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Colliers International launches new online tool to help businesses discover new workplace strategies

HONG KONG, 18 NOVEMBER 2020 – Leading diversified professional services and investment management company Colliers International announced the launch of a new online tool – Workplace Expert. Developed in response to changing work practices, the tool helps businesses take the first steps in shaping their future workplace strategy and creating an optimal work environment for their organisation and people.

Workplace Expert recommends different office environments and configurations based on responses to questions about business’ goals, working patterns and drivers behind brand and operating culture. The tool is fueled by extensive benchmarking data, insights from Colliers’ global surveys during COVID-19 and emerging market trends.

“Now, more than ever, the office is being regarded as a space with a vital role in connecting and empowering employees to operate at their best in the next evolution of workplace experiences,” said Truddy Cheung, Head of Workplace Advisory | APAC and a leader on the global Colliers Workplace Advisory team. “Workplace Expert is a quick and easy tool built to help organisations learn more about the type of work environment their business needs to accelerate success by helping them determine the right strategy and office mix tailored to their organisational priorities.”

Workplace Expert responds to inputs about organisational characteristics of each individual company, rather than recommending a solution based on a preference already indicated. As well as suggesting specific office environments, the tool recommends office sizing and the number of workstations and functional areas needed. 

Sam Harvey-Jones, Managing Director, Occupier Services | Asia added: “Rather than adopting a ‘one size fits all’ approach, occupiers should work with a corporate real estate expert like Colliers to evaluate the full spectrum of space and leasing options, and tailor a workplace portfolio in line with their business needs. Many occupiers don’t realise to what extent things have changed, and that there are innovative new models available to them that may not have been feasible in the past.”

Doug Henry, Managing Director, Occupier Services | Australia & New Zealand added: “We are thrilled to be launching Workplace Expert on a global level to help lead our industry into the future. Not only will it allow us to offer high-level insights to clients in an engaging, intuitive and free online tool, but it will also start an informed conversation about what the future of the workplace will look like.”

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Sam Harvey-Jones

Chief Operating Officer | Asia Pacific

Hong Kong

Sam is Managing Director of Occupier Services Asia at Colliers International.  With over 21 years corporate real estate experience and over 14 years in Asia Pacific, Sam has a demonstrated track record of delivering holistic global real estate solutions for corporate occupiers across the region. 

Sam spearheads the strategic direction and has overall responsibility for the growth of the Colliers Occupier Services business in Asia, including Corporate Solutions, Tenant Representation, Flexible Workspace Consulting, Workplace Advisory, Wellness Consulting, Lease Administration and Project Management. Having joined Colliers in 2015, he has implemented strategic business plans and strategies that have contributed to the successful growth of the division.  

Sam is a member of the APAC leadership team.  

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Truddy Cheung

Senior Director | Head of Workplace Advisory | Asia

Occupier Services

Hong Kong

I lead Workplace Advisory Asia as part of Corporate Solutions in APAC. My focus is to form key strategic objectives together with Occupier Services, enhancing the company’s proposition in providing holistic workplace solutions to clients in conjunction with Offices Services, Project Management and Corporate Solutions teams. We are currently operating from 3 locations: Hong Kong, Shanghai and Singapore.

With my professional background as a qualified architect, I bring across more than 18 years of experience working in commercial design across Hong Kong, Australia and the UK. During my professional career I have worked with distinguished international design firms such as HOK and Ronald Lu & Partners. Previously I held a paralle role at CBRE where I was Associate Director of the Workplace team, servicing and advising the likes of HSBC, AXA, Bayer, Cisco and Citibank as a workplace consultant and change manager.

I will be driving Workplace initiatives delivering effective, flexible and high performance user environments. My specialist experience in design, workplace strategy and organisational change management will further help our client enterprises in developing solutions, aligning business goals with workplace strategy and optimising their employee performance.

I report to Abhishek  Bajpai, Managing Director Corporate Solutions APAC. I will take an active role in the Global Workplace team to solidify and extend Colliers’ Workplace Strategy service offerings in Asia. 

I speak fluent Mandarin, Cantonese and English.


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