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By Danny B. Dangcalan

A Walk in the Park

Wednesday, April 9, 2014


PEOPLE at Globe Telecom greet you this way. Or Globe afternoon, or Globe evening, for that matter.

They greet us whenever we bumped into them at the lobby, hallway, elevator, or when we unceremoniously barged into their offices.

I had a share of this bunch of sunshine-y greetings at The Globe Tower in Taguig last Monday, April 7. The tower is Globe Telecom Headquarters.

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A group of media practitioners from the Visayas and Mindanao were invited by Globe to cover its Annual Stockholders Meeting at the Fairmont Hotel in Makati. The press conference was held yesterday.

We arrived at Fairmont on Sunday. The next day, Globe brought us to Batangas for the Taal Heritage Tour (The tour was so exciting that it deserves another column).

After spending the whole day at the heritage tour, we proceeded straight to The Globe Tower for a tour of its facilities. Our group was divided into three, each with a set of "tour guide," and assisted by Gold Endriga, EJ Francisco, Red Samar, and Rhea Carlos of Globe's CorpComm.

When EJ divided the group, composed of 10 media each, it turned out that only me and Carla Canet were left for Group 3, so it was a one-on-one tour with Head of Safety Raymond Aguilar and Concierge Manager Monique Calma.

It was a good elevator ride, going up and down from one floor to the next. And we're not complaining. Each floor is an interesting find, with unique features, designs, and purpose.

To start with, The Globe Tower is located at the 7th Avenue, corner 32nd Street in Bonifacio Global City. The tower has 28 floors, with nine parking levels and 16 high-speed elevators. The tower housed a total of 4,226 Globe employees, out of its 5,800-plus workers.

The tower was designed by Architect Jojo Tolentino of Aidea Philippines. The design was inspired by a cellular signal, and the tower features a sharp and piercing slant across varying slanted lines.

The grand lobby has a 7-meter high ceiling, one of the highest in the entire Bonifacio Global City.

Raymond says for so long, Globe people have dreamed to have a common building. Before, the employees were scattered in various Globe offices in Metro Manila and it was difficult to set emergency meetings among them.

Now, all they have to do is ride an elevator and see their colleagues in meeting rooms of any floor, depending on the size and purpose of the meeting.

It was only on September 9, 2013 when they inaugurated the tower. And on Sept. 17, they moved in a quarter of their 4,000-plus employees. September 17 is a sentimental date, when written in numeric, it is 0917, Globe's prefix number in SIM (subscriber identity module).

The Basement 1 is called The Forum. It is open for guests and employees. It houses 21 rooms like meeting rooms, break areas, food bars, art gallery, and recruitment areas.

From the 9F to 28F are employees' workstations, using open-office concept. In each floor is a themed breakout area, meeting rooms, huddle rooms, and admin rooms.

The facilities for employees' social interaction like breakout areas, employee center, and outdoor roof gardens are thoughtfully planned to promote wellness and collaboration.

Each floor's unique brands represent the different Places of the World that captures the essence of the diversity which Globe also represents.

There are a total of 109 meeting rooms for exclusive use of employees, 15 meeting rooms at The Forum, and six at The Loft, which is the second floor.

A total of 101 Huddle Rooms, designed for impromptu meetings, with two to four seating capacity are located in the office areas near hallways and lift lobbies.

The whole 8th floor is the Dining Hall, called Taste. It houses a medley of international and local cuisines through its six food stalls, nine kiosks including Starbucks Coffee. It has 600 seats including al fresco dining.

The gardens on 8F (Refresh), 21F (Breathe), and 27F (Chill) express a tropical resort feel. One would notice that the meeting rooms at the tower have interesting names - all action words! They bring positive vibes to the employees, Raymond says.

Located on the 19F is the Employee Center furnished with cafe-style round tables and warm circular lights. It provides various services such as after-sales service of IT tools, a prayer room, a clinic, a pharmacy, a Mom's room, a breakout area, pantry, banking center, and Globe boutique. These facilities implement cashless shopping using G-cash as the only mode of payment.

As Globe's commitment to sustainability, the tower is aligned with the Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) standards, a green building rating system from the United States Green Building Council.

Ernest Cu, president and chief executive officer of Globe Telecom, said in a presscon yesterday that the tower promotes efficiency among employees as they don't have to brave the traffic-infested metropolis for meetings.

Indeed, a better working environment promotes a happier workforce, which results to a more productive company.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on April 09, 2014.

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