When talking with Peter, I remembered his co-founder Michael Bloomberg used to insist everything that could be made of glass should be made of glass. He believed in ultra-transparency and wanted people moving around, running into each other.
Peter agreed providing the right working facilities and culture for a tech industry was very important.
“Genius manifests itself in a number of different ways but physical space is one of them. We're trying to anticipate the way people will continue to work, how they'll work in the future and the tools they need going forward,” he said.
“It took me two or three months to get used to the Bloomberg environment but openness creates better access to people, better collaboration and a breakdown of silos that exist in so many organisations.”
Peter says corporate social responsibility also played a big role in the culture at Bloomberg: “The social consciousness with which we conduct ourselves and the role we play interacting in the community is a critical part of our ability to attract and retain the best people.”
Listen to the podcast above to hear more of our conversation.
Shayne Elliott is Chief Executive Officer at ANZ