Working and collaborating together – our new UK HQ
We’ve all been there: you’ve arranged a catch-up with a colleague and then you find there are no meeting rooms free. Or you’ve bumped into someone at the coffee machine, got chatting and need to find a space to talk through a project you’re working on. If you’re like me, you might also sometimes need a quiet place away from the madding crowd to do some serious writing/planning/coding/watching cats play the piano on YouTube. So having the right working spaces in your office is important – and that’s why we’re building this idea of working and collaborating into our new UK HQ building.
Creating an inspiring workspace
In part 1 of our office move blog series we explained why we’re moving to a bigger location – because Xero UK is growing so quickly we need more space for our amazing people. We really want our new HQ to be a shining example of flexible, cutting-edge working. So, how are we going to do this? I sat down with our new UK Facilities Manager, Christine Prince, to find out what the new office will be like once it’s all fitted out:
“Collaboration is really important, so there will be eight, fully teched-up meetings rooms in the new office. So that’s a great starting point for us working more closely together. But we’ll also have open-plan desks, booths and meeting pods dotted around the floor so people can have more informal meetings, or quick catch-ups where privacy isn’t an issue. I think that’s really going to improve how we work.
We’re making sure we have some super-fast WiFi in the office, so that means all our people will be able to connect wherever they are in the building. And there are going to be breakout spaces where clients can come in, hot-desk and get on with some work away from their own office. We’re hoping to make it much easier for us to collaborate, brainstorm and work alongside our partners in this new building, especially now that we’ve got so many educational and enablement resources for our Xero partners.”
Space to work, rest and play
And that’s not all, folks. We’ll also have a games console space with a big plasma screen and comfy beanbags to chill out on. And there’s a pool table in the kitchen for when we need a bit of competitive spirit. The kitchen is going to be amazing. We’ll have full cooking facilities, all the usual white goods appliances and some quality coffee machines, all focused around a central kitchen bar with stools and seating for us all to get together for lunch or a sneaky tea and cake – there’s even a tea and coffee point for when the caffeine buzz is needed. By the way, thanks very much to Receipt Bank for the amazing cake they sent us in the run-up to Accountex. It didn’t last very long, as you can see in this pic. We never turn down a free cake!
For the more energetic members of the team who want to run/cycle/skateboard to work (or who’ve eaten too much of that cake), we’re also fitting in two shower rooms and one wet room shower. So there’ll be no excuses for our trainee Xero Dragon Boat team not being fresh as daisies after their training sessions.
So, what shall we call our meeting rooms?
We’re always very keen to innovate here at Xero. So we’ve been thinking very hard about what names we should give our eight, shiny new meeting rooms. A few suggestions for themes that have come up so far are ‘Famous names from technology’, ‘Historical British figures’ and ‘Names of old school computers from the 80s’.
But what do you think? If you’ve got a great theme for our meeting room names, we’d love to hear your ideas. Drop us a comment below, or tweet as at our @xero Twitter account.
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