Microsoft Munich Headquarter

Is Microsoft’s New German Headquarter the Workplace of the Future?

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

Microsoft unveiled their new German headquarter in Munich this week, and while it was announced with little fanfare, the company believes it has brought on a major workplace shakeup, calling its new digs the “biggest shift since the industrial revolution”.

One of its more ambitious shakeups has nothing to do with the building though. Microsoft is essentially abolishing the fixed working hours system and not even making it a requirement for employees to show up at all.

Microsoft Munich Headquarter Displays

While it doesn’t mean employees can sit back and collect a paycheck for doing nothing, Microsoft believes it is creating an environment that is “an open platform and interdisciplinary laboratory for new ideas,” according to Sabine Bendiek, chief executive of Microsoft Germany.

The new headquarter looks nice, and the focus of free and open workspaces is evident, but aside from the floating displays in the atrium, I don’t know that I’d go so far as to call it the largest change since the industrial revolution.

Check it out for yourself in the video below:

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Sources: Microsoft

Stephen Fuchs
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