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Robert Garrett

People and Workplaces Change Manager, ANZ Bank

Sydney, Australia

Imagine workplaces where employees are encouraged to take risks and failure is not viewed as a negative but is seen as an opportunity to learn and grow.

Imagine…

Imagine a future where seamless technology integrates and improves the way we live.

Imagine unified communications that do more than tell you when a colleague is on-line but tell you what they’re working on and connect you to others around the world that are working on similar or related issues.

Imagine technology and communication tools so advanced that individuals from around the world can easily collaborate on projects and where the only difference boarding a plane makes is the physical shake of the hand.

As city infrastructures struggle to keep up with the growth and governments consider taxing companies for workers who simply enter the CBD, Imagine a workplace model where the “sitting in front of a computer”-type work is all done from home and workers only travel to the office to innovate, create, and collaborate.

Imagine workplaces where rows of workstations are replaced by highly creative environments designed to help foster the generation of new ideas and bring innovative solutions to complex problems.

Imagine if prospective employees could compare companies via a dashboard of key business indicators such as commitment to environmental concerns, organisational values, corporate culture and human rights issues before committing to an employment relationship.

Imagine working relationships characterised by trust.

Imagine workplaces where employees are encouraged to take risks and failure is not viewed as a negative but is seen as an opportunity to learn and grow.

Imagine a future where we return to a presumption of common sense; where systems and processes are designed around the 99% who are practising it, not the 1% who aren’t.

Imagine organisations where people are given choice; where diversity is celebrated and people can choose how, where and when they do their best work.

That’s the future that I imagine; it’s the future that I would want for my children and their children. For some organisations, such a future is not such a giant leap; for others its light years from where they are today. Doing my little bit to move towards making this a reality – now that’s a dream that could get me out of bed each morning!

Robert Garrett Bio:

Robert spent the mid-to-late nineties in several senior Human Resource Management roles in large financial institutions. He observed numerous attempts to instigate large-scale organisational change using ‘off-the-shelf’ programs from global management consulting firms.

In 2000, he was exposed to a wealth management company who shifted the culture of their organisation in a very short space of time by using a major refurbishment of their physical workplace. Fascinated by the concept of using physical space as a driver for reinventing the culture of an organisation, he spent the next few years working alongside and learning from the team responsible.

Over the past eleven years, Robert has worked as both a workplace strategy consultant and as an internal workplace change manager, helping to solve complex organisational issues as well as improving the effectiveness and quality of life for their people. His projects include a number of significant and award-winning workplace change projects spanning financial services, government (Australia & New Zealand), utilities companies and multinational corporations.

He is currently leading the behavioural and change management workstream on a large new workplace project in Sydney, Australia for one of the world’s top 20 banks.