MYOB office fitout in Melbourne reflects employee demands
When planning its new Richmond office in Melbourne, accounting software provider, MYOB, asked its employees how they would like to work and what features they would like.
With these insights, interior design and architecture agency, Futurespace, designed a visionary workspace that first and foremost caters to the needs of employees.
Converted from a dilapidated warehouse, the new tech hub incorporates futuristic workplace design based on the principles of agile working, including inception rooms to foster innovation, plug-and-play technology, informal meeting spaces and a garage space for meet-ups.
The new office space reinforces MYOB’s investment into local technology talent, according to the company. The office houses over 200 of the company’s engineering and development employees, in a centrally located space among other creative technology hubs.
This has enabled MYOB to attract talent from all areas of Melbourne, and has opened up its talent pool to those living in the CBD and who value working closer to home.
Futurespace managing director Angela Ferguson says the MYOB site is not your typical corporate office.
“The way we work is becoming more fragmented and the MYOB office is an embodiment of this. We took the time to understand what MYOB’s employees wanted from the space, plus how they worked and combined this with MYOB’s values of innovation, collaboration and high performance,” Ferguson says.
She adds that the space is not only designed to attract and retain employees, but it also aligns with the principles of lean and agile software development with the physical space.
“For instance, the employees asked for lots of walls to write on. However, in an open warehouse with few walls this was a challenge. So we introduced mobile scrum/Kanban walls that didn’t close in the space or take away natural light,” Ferguson says.
“Teamwork and collaboration were also key themes and we provided a multitude of areas that could be used when people need to meet quickly to solve issues, as well as more formal, private spaces. For instance, we created booth seats, like in a diner, which are essentially informal, relaxed meeting rooms to help people be more creative, productive and engaged.”
Health and well-being is also an important part of the fitout, Ferguson adds, with sit-to-stand desks, stairs linking two floors, lots of natural light, sound screening, end-of-trip facilities and an indoor/outdoor aesthetic included.