ROCKLEIGH, N.J. -- When CEO Lex Kerssemakers walks into Volvo Car USA's headquarters, he has to find an open table or workspace to do business.
Kerssemakers doesn't have an office, or a landline telephone, or a big computer with a monitor, or even desk drawers to store papers or files. There's no secretary to screen his calls.
Welcome to the new austere, democratic world of Volvo, which doesn't have the walls, offices or permanent workspaces of most offices. Executives say the new layout has opened communication with departments and employees who were separated from one another talking and working together.
Volvo's new office space is an extension of its vehicle design philosophy: Designed Around You. The layout is dub-bed [email protected]
Like all the other 185 workers at Volvo's U.S. hub, Kerssemakers has a tall, gray locker for his personal belongings. His outerwear goes in the nearby communal coatroom, and he has to carry a company-issued mobile phone and laptop from a workspace to a meeting room or wherever the day takes him.
"I don't have an office. I decide where I want to sit," Kerssemakers said. "In the beginning, people were a little nervous, "Where is he going to sit?' It is fantastic; I love it."