- Atlassian plans to totally redesign its Austin, Texas office in a bid to attract and retain talent.
- The firm has roughly 700 workers based in Austin but expects that to grow to over 1,000 over time.
- Atlassian hopes the redesign aids in “equal participation” from remote and in-office workers.
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$94 billion Australian software giant Atlassian plans to totally redesign its Austin office, as it continues to hire in the state.
Companies are in a mad rush to bring on and retain talent, and Atlassian is no different. The firm already has about 700 employees based in Austin, but the firm is expecting to grow that location to over 1,000 employees in the near future. Atlassian at large almost doubled its total staff headcount to over 6,000 in the last year alone.
In August 2020, Atlassian told employees they can work from home forever, and hoped this change would help the company seek out “amazing, diverse talent unbounded by the physical footprint of our offices.”
To reflect that future, the firm is looking for modern solutions to “democratize” its Austin office in order to allow “equal participation” from remote and in-office workers, Atlassian’s global head of real estate and workplace journeys Scott Hazard told Insider. In practice, this means the revamped office will have an emphasis on communal space, almost three times as many phone booths to take video calls in private, and “focus” pods.
As Atlassian prepares its big plans for Texas, the firm also said that it’s “actively using our voice” to oppose SB8, Texas’ new controversial abortion law.
“Austin is one of our major growth centers,” Hazard said. “There continues to be a really strong talent pool particularly of college grads and some of the folks that we’re targeting.”
Take a look inside Atlassian’s Austin office revamp plans:
There will be a focus on community space, so Atlassian employees will be able to come in whenever they want and pick a comfortable spot to work with their peers.
Each floor will include a greater range of locations for individual work, including 2.5 times the number of phone booths to allow for more video chats and “deep work.”
To assist team collaboration, Atlassian will be experimenting with each floor being built up of team-specific “quadrant” zones with customizable rooms and furniture.
Atlassian’s “quadrant” approach is meant to be customizable. Teams can make changes to their working environments as their needs change, without “any hard reconstruction.”
Team rooms will be decked out with furniture that can be moved around to better suit whatever team is using the space.
This is an illustration of how an office layout might look. Moveable team tables, sliding panels, mobile dividers, and “focus” pods are all on view here.