White Design communities act like small family units within the wider team, bringing together colleagues across professional disciplines, career stages and work patterns. Rather than splitting the team into project or sector-based work groups, we designed communities to provide a focus for well-being and communication in the work environment. Communities support individual and professional development needs and each community has its own identity and its own name, with a programme of social events organised by the Life@ team.
The whole team takes a day away from the office, at least once a year, to explore specific themes and contribute ideas to our business plan. In 2013, to mark the practice's 15th birthday, we combined our “Away Day” with a celebration at one of our award-winning buildings, The Leaf. We have combined discussions on future strategy at away days twinned with beer and pie tasting, Tai Chi, a high ropes course, skittles, zoo trips and visiting inspirational buildings! These days help shape the business and gives everyone a voice.