3 ways Atlassian builds trust in the workplace

Atlasssian co-founders Scott Farquhar and Mike Cannon-Brookes with the original Atlassian logo. Photo: Supplied

Atlassian has risen through the ranks from Australian tech startup to global software giant due to its great product offering and industry-leading culture.

But building that business culture has been conscious decision for co-founders Mike Cannon-Brookes and Scott Farquhar, who have carefully crafted their company values which include “Open company, no bullshit”, as well as created divisions to champion modern workplace issues such as diversity and inclusion.

Along with these things, Sherif Mansour, principal product manager at Atlassian, says its also about creating an open company that allows employees “to share and express their opinion without feeling they are going to get judged, or pulled down”.

Mansour, who was speaking at an AFR event yesterday, said there are three ways Atlassian achieves this openness.


“Firstly, an open way of working. How do we make sure teams have access to the information they need, as quickly as possible?” he said.

Safe environment

“Secondly, an open way of thinking, how do we make sure we have created a safe place for people to have a conversation without feeling they’re going to be dumped on for not being the smartest person in the room?”

Encouraging individuality

“And lastly – an open way of being. How do we create an environment where people can bring their full selves to work?”

The AFR has more here.

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