Janet Ong x CEO Magazine: Sharing ID21’s Success Story
20 Oct 2021
ID21’s Founder and Managing Director Janet Ong was interviewed by The CEO Magazine to share about ID21’s raison d’être, the highlights and motivational factors in her entrepreneurial journey, as well as her leadership philosophy.
“The pandemic caused a massive shift to work from home among knowledge and service workers,” she says. “Company leaders had to rethink the office space, adapt it to the ‘new normal’ by implementing measures such as safe distancing, sustainability, wayfinding and cleaning protocols for the wellbeing of employees.”
In the article, Janet outlined first how workplace design is set to undergo a paradigm shift in the wake of COVID-19, as companies eschew the open-plan office layout in favour of more collaborative spaces, team rooms and private nooks.
“I believe to be an effective leader, you need to have the right motivation.”
Janet also revealed what prompted her to start a commercial interior design business in 1996: “I saw a gap between what clients envisage in their workspaces and what the industry could offer,” she recalls. “There was a huge disconnect between aesthetics, functionality and the wellbeing of users. I started my company in order to fill this gap.”
As for her leadership philosophy, Janet shared that she is deeply driven by her passion to serve and inspire others to do their best. Over the past 25 years at the ID21’s helm, she has learnt the importance of truly listening to her teams and making her staff feel valued, which helped to build trust and loyalty.
Find out more about what Janet shared in this one-on-one interview here.