Published on the 15/02/2018 | Written by Newsdesk
New Christchurch building reflects focus on spaces promoting collaboration and innovation…
Business software vendor MYOB has moved into new premises in Christchurch, with its some 200 staff members predominately working in sales, service and software development taking residence in a refurbished building which has space for up to 265. The building also has space for the software company’s start-up customers, helping new businesses ease their way towards success.
The office was opened with the help of Silver Ferns Jane Watson and Temalisi Fakahokotau who handed over a signed netball dress to thank MYOB for its sponsorship of the national team. Back in 2015, MYOB opened a second office in the city and had a total of 170 staff members across two locations; the new premises, located at 17 Sir William Pickering Drive in Burnside, brings together both locations.
“We’re hugely excited about this space, all 2,700 square meters of it,” said MYOB New Zealand GM Carolyn Luey.
“We’re proudly committed to Christchurch and it gives me great satisfaction to see this investment in the community here.”
The open-plan design features a variety of formal and informal workspaces with comfortable breakout areas and amenities designed to bring people together.
“We often talk about the future of work, about how workplace habits and relationships are changing, often through technological transformation. We want this space to be an ‘office of innovation’ to reflect that philosophy; we believe our offices should be enjoyable places where our team members can do their best work and have fun in open, friendly environments designed for easy collaboration,” said Luey.
The co-working space for MYOB’s start-up customers provides access to specialised technology and advice to help them grow. “Opening up a part of our building to entrepreneurial businesses is an exciting innovation and demonstrates how MYOB is invested in supporting the start-up community here in Christchurch,” said Luey.
“We’re also opening the space to Christchurch-based teams from Kōkiri, the start-up incubator programme launched by Te Wānanga o Aotearoa. MYOB is proud to be a founding sponsor of this initiative which plays an important role in growing and supporting Māori-based businesses,” she added.
The building features a wellness room, energy (fitness) room, library, gaming room, IT Genius Bar, internal training room with Microsoft Surface Hub and utilises the latest collaboration technology such as Polycom-enabled Skype for Business communications.
“MYOB remains committed to New Zealand, and to Christchurch in particular. We’ve had a 25-year history in New Zealand and we’re excited about the next chapter of our business here. We’ll keep investing in the technology, people and office spaces needed to keep simplifying success for our customers,” Luey concluded.