The company organises various activities in which we involve a range of internal and external stakeholders. These include König + Neurath Academy events, which are in some cases open to the public and therefore accessible to anyone who might be interested. The target groups for these events are dealers, customers, occupational health specialists, facility managers, architects. Selected events are run by the State Chamber of Architects as a recognised training / professional development measure.
The K+N Academy also cooperates with the Industrieverband Büro und Arbeitswelt e.V. (IBA), for instance by preparing candidates for the advanced course as a Quality Office Consultant. There are also interdisciplinary open workshops on topical themes within the König + Neurath Academy portfolio – for example bar camps on the subject of “work culture” with psychologists, architects, consultants, business people and facility managers.
Finally König+ Neurath is in constant dialogue with various higher education establishments, including Kassel University of Fine Arts and the Möbelfachschule in Cologne, as well as regional schools.
We put on regular workshops for companies undergoing transformation based on our “WORK.CULTURE.MAP” tool, which was developed by König + Neurath for analysis purposes. One of the first steps in these workshops is to identify the precise work culture in an organisation, which is considered and evaluated in seven key dimensions: Employees, Work/life, Technology, Creativity, Management style, Agility and Performance. We use our findings from this analysis and apply a two-way approach to come up with inspiration, deductions and concepts for motivating office scenarios in a modern format.
We generally conclude all events with feedback sessions. This is a direct way of revealing improvement potential. This type of open communication allows us to take direct note of any interests and concerns expressed by participants and integrate them in the future.
As well as the WORK.CULTURE.MAP, there’s another analysis tool that complements the König + Neurath products and serves as an interface to them. It’s called STYLE CHECK and works in a similar way to the work culture analysis: We use a kind of card game with pictures from themed areas such as landscape, architecture, workplace, leisure activities, fashion, materials, colours and König + Neurath products to find out about people’s personal preferences. It’s a spontaneous, intuitive approach. We then take the results of the culture study using the WORK.CULTURE.MAP tool, the outcome of the style analysis and individual requirements and work through an iterative process to create a physical representation as an interior design. This process can produce functional areas for hybrid working approaches, as well as highlighting potential to incorporate existing corporate identity or corporate design of that company into the design of the office.
Involvement of König + Neurath colleagues plays a key role for the company. A happy workforce is essential for a sustainable business model here. That’s why we conducted an in-house survey on working atmosphere in 2021. 42.5% of employees at König + Neurath took part, returning an informative and representative response. The idea is to create a new way of working together and promote a new corporate culture on the basis of these results. The directors of König + Neurath AG consider development of strategy and culture to be the most important task. The first step in implementing this was a kick-off event involving all König + Neurath AG management in October 2021. In November 2021 they ran management workshops to work out what the shared corporate values were. The idea was for these values to form the basis of the conduct and decision-making of all employees. In 2022 there will be a strong focus on communicating and emphasising these corporate values to all employees and integrating them into the daily work routine.
A survey of König + Neurath dealers and their employees was also conducted in 2021. Our goal was to obtain an even clearer picture of how happy our national dealers in Germany are with König + Neurath. We then compared the results with our self-image, in other words the in-house analysis. The results help König + Neurath to identify existing strengths and weaknesses, and take action to optimise at the appropriate points.