The company used to occupy a 9,000 sq. ft. office west of Toronto in Mississauga. That was Citrix Canada’s headquarters for 17 years – the oldest Citrix location globally. The place had the trappings of traditional office space with its cubicles, meeting rooms, and executive rooms.
Citrix’s new digs in the tech hub northeast of Toronto covers just 5,000 sq. ft. The company was able to trim it down to that largely by getting rid of private rooms and replacing them with communal working spaces designed for the modern mobile worker. The move has actually resulted in huge savings and maximization of space.
“From the oldest office globally to becoming the youngest, we’re pleased to officially open our new office, and demonstrate the impact of digital transformation in the workplace,” said Michael Murphy, vice-president and country manager of Citrix Canada. “We’ve reduced the size of our facility and focused on benefiting from an open-concept, collaborative space, and its ability to foster teamwork and productivity.”
Citrix Canada VP and country manager Michael Murphy (left) with City of Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti (centre) at the new Citrix Canada office in Markham.
Since many employees have different work styles, all desks can be lowered or raised in order to accommodate their preference to work sitting or standing.
Lockers have been built into one wall of the office where employees can store their belongings for the day.
Rooms have also been set aside for collaboration. The new office hosts four small meeting rooms and one large boardroom – all of which are lined with whiteboard walls for brainstorming and planning. In fact, one table near the kitchen has a whiteboard table with plugs so that truly any surface is an opportunity for collaboration – no matter what an employee’s work style is.
Over the last few years, workplaces have been undergoing a transformation. In many businesses around the world, there’s been moving towards a more flexible floorplan with provides more options for workers.
Hoteling or office hoteling is a method of office management in which workers dynamically schedule their use of workspaces such as desks, cubicles, and offices.
The model makes use of “reservation-based unassigned seating” where people reserve a workspace before they come to work in an office.
Emerging workplace trends
Many such offices also offer unassigned seat called a hot-desking, which can be used by people at the spur of the moment. The office is also available for use by Citrix Canada partners and customers.
“Nobody here has their own room because they don’t need it,” he explained. “Generally we can all work remotely. But there are times when we do need to be or want to be in the office. This space accommodates that.”
Murphy said Citrix Canada decided to adopt the office hoteling model because they realized that it best suits the way Citrix personnel work. Citrix Canada picked the 125 Commerce Valley Drive West, Markham location after considering 21 different potential locations across the GTA.
The Markham location won largely due to three important reasons:
- Ease of accessibility (next door to three major highways – 401, 404 & 407)
- Diversity of the community – providing the opportunity for Citrix to recruit the best talent in technology
- Infrastructure and amenities in the area which enhance the experience for Citrix employees as well as partners and clients who come to visit the office
So why have any offices at all?
The answer is simple – teamwork and collaboration, according to Citrix Canada.
The office provides a space to showcase the art of possibility to Citrix customers and partners. It also helps educate the marketplace on the digital transformation and workplaces of the future – something that can’t always be easily done from a Starbucks, Regus office or home office.
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