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  Posted 10 July 2008

HP retirees inspect the new way of working at the HP Australia headquarters in Melbourne

Retiree Spotlight

Our enduring friendship with former long-term employees was recently celebrated when HP retirees were given the opportunity to inspect the new leading edge, high specification headquarters of HP Australia in Melbourne.

Around 30 HP retirees attended the special event hosted by South Pacific REWS, which included a presentation of the new site’s operational and design efficiencies and highlighted the changes from the previous under-utilised offices. The impressive savings to the business following the consolidation of four HP sites into one facility were also explained, such as the 60 per cent reduction in office space, 50 per cent saving in operating costs and 70 per cent reduction in energy consumption.

Guests participated in an interactive tour of the new purpose-built offices, which showcased HP’s new, mobile way of working and the innovative design which incorporates the brand, HP technology, as well as our culture and values.

Many of the retirees were impressed by the sustainable initiatives that have been incorporated into the building’s design, fit out and material selection. "I was amazed by the ecological and economic savings shown with the new building," commented HP retiree, Joanne Turton. "I was also impressed by the way the building has been designed around the way HP does business in 2008 - mobile and 24x7."

The new premises allowed others to reminisce with the past. "What I saw was the spark of the old HP way in the way people interacted with each other," said former HP employee Heather Duncan.

"The low partitions, the close and intimate coffee stations and closer proximity of colleagues, all combine with the result that people actually stop and talk - injecting a more friendly feel to their working day and environment. You can see and feel the difference, and it's good," Heather added.

Others were amazed by the developments in technology. Bruce Marsh, a 36-year HP veteran, noted, "The technological breakthroughs that have enabled this work concept to happen were but an impossible dream in my time at HP!"

Feedback from retirees also revealed the mutual admiration and respect retirees and HP share. "You went to considerable effort to make ours a successful and enjoyable visit and I thank you. HP occupies a very large part of most retirees’ hearts and it's very warming to be invited to enjoy such success," Heather Duncan said.

One former colleague was so impressed by the special event and the headquarters that he suggested returning to the workforce. HP retiree John Bieske commented, "Well done HP! Maybe, just maybe, I should come out of retirement just to work in the new environment!"