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Tech giant Atlassian has announced that all workers will be allowed to do their jobs from wherever they choose, even after the coronavirus pandemic is over.

The Australian company will not require workers to return to the office if they would prefer to keep working from home, in a bid to focus on ‘outcomes, not clock hours’.

In an internal blog post to staff members on Friday, co-CEO Scott Farquhar said Atlassian is starting immediately with the new policy called TEAM Anywhere.

‘Let’s face it, 2020 has been a year of huge change for all of us. How we work has changed forever and we must pioneer this change,’ Mr Farquhar wrote.

Co-CEO's of Atlassian Scott Farquhar (left) and Mike Cannon-Brookes (middle) along with NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian arrive to a press conference in Sydney in June

Co-CEO’s of Atlassian Scott Farquhar (left) and Mike Cannon-Brookes (middle) along with NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian arrive to a press conference in Sydney in June

Tech giant Atlassian (co-founder Mike Cannon-Brookes and wife pictured) has announced that all workers are allowed to do their jobs from wherever they choose, even after the coronavirus pandemic is over

Tech giant Atlassian (co-founder Mike Cannon-Brookes and wife pictured) has announced that all workers are allowed to do their jobs from wherever they choose, even after the coronavirus pandemic is over

‘While COVID-19 has turned our worlds upside down, it’s also accelerated goals Atlassian has had for some time.’

‘For years, we’ve been working as a highly distributed global company, experimenting with fully remote teams, and iterating on practices that are essential for building diverse distributed teams.’

Mr Farquhar co-founded the company in 2002 along with Mike Cannon-Brookes after the pair met while studying at the University of New South Wales.

‘It has also presented us with an amazing opportunity to keep pushing further on this flexible way of working-and stretch our imaginations to build what work could look like and how we can clear barriers for us to do the best work of our lives,’ he said.

Atlassian said the removal of geographic barriers will enable it to ‘reach great talent beyond’ the office, and has developed its own collaboration software to allow people to work together from disparate locations. 

In an internal blog post to staff members on Friday, co-CEO Scott Farquhar said Atlassian is reinventing how it works and is starting immediately with the new policy called TEAM Anywhere

In an internal blog post to staff members on Friday, co-CEO Scott Farquhar said Atlassian is reinventing how it works and is starting immediately with the new policy called TEAM Anywhere

The Australian company is no longer requiring workers to return to the office everyday in a bid to focus on 'outcomes, not clock hours' (stock)

The Australian company is no longer requiring workers to return to the office everyday in a bid to focus on ‘outcomes, not clock hours’ (stock)

‘Our products help teams collaborate from anywhere, and our practices and learnings can help usher our customers into the future of work with us,’ Mr Farquhar wrote. 

‘We need to walk the walk – one mile in front of our customers. We need to run into the obstacles before they do, and clear them by building world-class solutions.’ 

The new policy is targeting new employees no matter where they lived and are  allowing staff to choose where and when they work.

Atlassin co-founders Scott Farquhar, Mike Cannon-Brookes, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Minister Stuart Ayres arrive for the announcement of a new Tech hub for Sydney

Atlassin co-founders Scott Farquhar, Mike Cannon-Brookes, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Minister Stuart Ayres arrive for the announcement of a new Tech hub for Sydney

Despite the commitment to remote work, Atlassian was spending $1billion on buildin an office tower in Sydney’s CBD.

The 180-metre-tall building with 40 storeys will be overlook Sydney’s Central Station and be the tallest ‘hybrid timber’ tower in the world once completed.

Atlassian’s new headquarters will have a capacity for 4,000 staff and was scheduled to be completed by 2025.

Tech giant Atlassian has unveiled plans to build a record-setting $1billion tower in Sydney's CBD as part of a joint venture with the NSW Government

Tech giant Atlassian has unveiled plans to build a record-setting $1billion tower in Sydney’s CBD as part of a joint venture with the NSW Government

Mr Farquhar said the company was hoping to build a ‘long-term’ work-space.

‘Technology can turbo-charge Australia’s recovery. That’s why we’re building this precinct. We want to create jobs, ideas and innovation,’ Mr Farquhar said.

‘This will be home to thousands of workers and the best new ideas. If you want to work in tech – this is the place you will want to be.’ 

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