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An office in the pink of health

business Updated: Mar 24, 2008 00:06 IST
Varun Soni
Varun Soni
Hindustan Times
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It has the same look and feel as its 20-odd offices across the globe. Whether it is the colour combination, posters and graphics detailing the company’s motto or the basic design of the office – US-based pharmaceutical major Baxter’s Gurgaon office is a replica of the company’s various facilities abroad, say its executives.

As you enter the DLF-built glass building in Gurgaon in which Baxter has taken nearly 15,000 sq. ft. of space, you could feel a sense of awe. As you walk past the corridors to the lift, en-route you encounter a Domino’s pizza joint as well as fine dining restaurants serving European and Chinese cuisine. These serve as a break from the routine for employees beyond the office canteens whose fare could prove staid.

As you get off the lift on the second floor of the building and enter the Baxter office, what you see are glass-encased meeting rooms on either side of the passage that lead up to the reception counter. The glass walls have glazed stripes in the middle in order to provide some element of privacy to the people inside.

As you move ahead, on your right is a small seating area perched atop a raised portion that has comfortable black leather sofas, a glass and steel centre table and a plasma screen television on the wall above. Black leather chairs and small tables in glass, steel and wood have also been kept to your left as you walk through the passage. Next to these chairs is a glass wall hued in yellow, lending colour to the whole area.

The reception has a simple wooden counter, but what will catch your eye instantly is the green wall behind it. The wall has the Baxter’s motto – ‘Making a meaningful difference’ – written on it in eight different languages.

Says Manjit Singh, Director (Human Resources-India), Baxter, “The office has been designed with the same concept as are most Baxter offices across the world. Ergonomics is one aspect that has been adhered to for a comfortable and safe working environment.”

Glass doors lead you into the main working area at Baxter that has cabins and meeting rooms situated all around it. The working area is in yellow and blue and has a nice comfortable look to it. Further adding colour to the workspace are walls hued in blue, green and yellow.

While one wall is titled ‘Sweet Memories’ and has photographs of employees letting their hair down at office get-togethers and picnics, another has the Baxter logos in blue and yet another a map of the world in various colours.

The meeting rooms and cabins of senior executives have a trendy appearance. A sit-out area at one corner of the has black leather chairs and small glass tables. Glass walls overlook the hustle and bustle of Gurgaon. However, it is the ceiling that will catch your eye instantly – it has a motif of newspaper articles featuring Baxter.

But, by far the most eye-catching feature of the Baxter office is the Brick House – which is what the official canteen is named. It is worth a dekho, sporting as it does a design that can give with-it eateries a run for their money. The design of the walls is in the shape of bricks hued in yellow and orange. While the seating will remind you of an upmarket restaurant, the orange wall in the background bears signatures of the employees.

Being a healthcare company, Baxter has enforced some health-related concepts within its office as well, such as declaring the entire office as a smoke-free campus.

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