In 2005, Microsoft founder Bill Gates published a white paper, The New World of Work that spelled out his vision of a working environment that embraced a consultative style of management and role flexibility.
He suggested that this was necessary if companies were going to get the best out of the next generation of employees and open up new levels of productivity. Underpinning this concept are three pillars: corporate culture, working environment and technology that supported collaboration and flexible working — provided by Microsoft, of course.
Theo Rensema, general manager of Microsoft NL answered that call, taking advantage of a head office move in 2008. Here is a pictorial tour of the building now that the three year project has come to completion, highlighting some of the innovations he pushed through.