Automotive News did a pretty good piece on something that has more to do with office function than automotive, but still pretty compelling none-the-less.
The story describes an environment where even CEO Les Kerssemakers doesn’t have an office, landline telephone, secretary or even a large computer. In fact, he has to carry a company-issued cell phone and a laptop from place to place. The report also mentioned that Kerssemakers, like the other 185 workers at the headquarters, has a personal locker for his belongings and he hangs his coat in a communal coatroom.
It is similar to the layout at Volvo’s corporate headquarters in Sweden, but the report mentions that even global HQ isn’t as open as its American subsidiary.
“So now, people sit near each other, and they talk together. The planning person is talking to the lawyer, so you get even more involved,” Kerssemakers told Automotive News.
The headquarters has also moved toward more of a paperless environment, doing away with things like “the typical piles of paper, sticky notes, announcements and reminders pinned on bulletin boards.” The report said Volvo is constructing an area where its archival records will be stored.
“Relaxation and eating areas are new. There’s a playroom with table tennis, air hockey and a pool table where employees can come during lunch or after work. There also is a small gym,” the story said. “Most employees cited the addition of a cafeteria that prepares meals to order and an outdoor dining area as real pluses.”
Read the full story on the new corporate layout here.