Transforming sites to build an innovative culture

JULY 8, 2019 • BLOG POST • JOHN F. SCHULTZ, EVP, CHIEF LEGAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER

IN THIS ARTICLE

  • The Global Real Estate (GRE) team is doing more than just managing our properties – they are enabling innovation
  • The new designs present employees with a balanced environment that enables them to shift between individual focused time and team collaboration

HPE’s Global Real Estate (GRE) team is doing more than just managing our properties – they are enabling innovation

People are the beating heart of everything we do at HPE. For the more than 60,000 employees around the globe that show up at an office each day, innovation is priority number one. As a company, we know that to keep that culture of innovation alive, we need workplaces that excite our employees and inspire them to do their best work. That’s why the Global Real Estate (GRE) team is doing more than just managing our properties – they are enabling innovation. They are strategically renovating or relocating our sites around the world to better address the needs and wants of employees.

Along with GRE, Antonio has taken an active role in the design of our workplace experience strategy because he believes our offices should showcase who we are today as a company, celebrate our rich history, and inspire our employees. Antonio’s time with the company has shown him that when employees see the company investing in them and feel appreciated and supported, they are more engaged and deliver in a way that benefits our customers and business partners. “Happy employees’ equal happy customers” is his philosophy, and GRE is playing a critical role in advancing Antonio’s vision.

Around the globe, we’re refreshing existing spaces or moving into new ones in order to elevate the workplace experience, and to attract, retain, and motivate the best talent in tech, all of which strengthens our culture. We want every office to be an environment where people come to work to collaborate, do ground-breaking work, and have fun doing it!

We’re now in full swing on our FY19 transformation plans, which will cover 18 HPE sites and impact more than 10K employees. This is in addition to the 5.5K employees impacted by our transformation of 18 sites in FY18. Showcasing these new offices has built a new energy among employees, who recognize that the contemporary, multifaceted workspaces are created with them in mind.

The guiding principles of enhancing the employee experience, commitment to sustainability, innovation, and celebration of diverse cultures are the blue print for these improvements. As a physical example, each upgrade draws on the layouts provided at our headquarters location in San Jose.

A lot of attention has been given to the launch of our new headquarters – and deservedly so. But we’ve been busy transforming many other sites in the portfolio. This year, we’ve already transformed existing office spaces or moved into new, transformed sites in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Mumbai, India; Nagoya, Japan; Manchester, UK; Amstelveen, The Netherlands; and Santa Clara, California.

Our new office in the centre of Amstelveen includes a fully transformed workplace design and intelligent office technology, providing a range of aesthetically appealing, ergonomic and tech enabled spaces. The new design presents employees with a balanced environment that enables them to shift between individual focused time and team collaboration, while also reflecting local Dutch heritage and culture.

Later this year, we’ll be unveiling new office spaces or transformations at several sites including Plano, Texas; Geneva, Switzerland; Dubai, United Arab Emirates; and New York City working to ensure our employees benefit from modern office spaces, technology enhancements and health and wellness amenities advancing the way we live and work at HPE.

These improvements have created a lot of excitement at our recently transformed sites and demonstrate leadership’s firm commitment to them. We want these transformations to continue to build on the momentum that we have gained over the past year, and continue to provide a fertile environment to drive innovation.

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