Skills development, workplace well-being and diversity
Innovathon - Icade
Icade pays special attention to its social policy. This policy aims to develop employees’ skills, reinforce the company’s appeal, improve the quality of life in the workplace, promote diversity and encourage employee involvement in the company’s innovation and corporate social responsibility efforts.
Our social policy aims at inspiring engagement, agility and collaboration between employees, so they can step in real estate and work latest trends.
Developing employees’ skills and reinforcing Icade’s appeal.
Developing skills and mobility are strategic issues for Icade which encourages employees to become actively involved in advancing their careers (talent pools, career interviews, “Mobil’idées” in-house platform, mobility bonus, etc.). Icade has also actively pursued a skills management policy in order to anticipate changes in business practices and develop synergies through targeted training courses, introducing new collaborative and cross-functional management methods, digital integration, CSR training and awareness raising, etc
Committed to improving the quality of life in the workplace
Improving employees’ quality of life is achieved through:
- health and safety policies, which include the prevention of psychosocial risks, first aid officer training, fire training, conferences focusing on health (nicotine addiction, nutrition, etc.);
- new services for a better work-life balance: concierge services, telemedicine booth, “Lyfe” health platform in partnership with CNP Assurances; sports and leisure activities made available to employees;
- new work methods and spaces, e.g. teleworking, co-working facilities, third places, etc.;
- monitoring the quality of life through tools for measuring workplace well-being (digital platform Wittyfit, social barometer).
Promoting diversity of every kind
Promoting diversity is organised around three pillars:
- creating an inclusive environment for the disabled: Icade trains its managers and educates its employees by organising conferences during Disability Awareness Week and by publishing an information booklet on diversity;
- fostering age diversity: in 2016, Icade created a new forum called the “Y Board” which gives Generation Y a place to express their views and, since 2017, the company has implemented a Graduate Programme allowing young graduates to discover more than one business area;
- gender equality: in 2017, for the third year running, Icade was awarded first place for female representation in the governing bodies of SBF 120 companies, in the “Gender Balance in the Executive Committee” category.
Spotlight on the Y Board
The Y Board consists of a group of employees under 35, who are called upon to share their opinions with managers on various strategic topics and to become involved in setting up a range of business projects. In 2017, its members participated in the response to the call for proposals of Métropole du Grand Paris, discussions on the evolving property development business, and the organisation of leisure activities for employees.
Involving employees in CSR and innovation
At Icade, CSR and innovation go hand in hand. The innovation process largely depends on the employees—new solutions and innovative partnerships are developed by a community of intrapreneurs and a network of employees responsible for keeping up with changes and innovation. In 2017, design thinking sessions called “Innovathons” were organised which brought all the employees together to come up with innovative solutions. Intrapreneurs are a driving force behind Icade’s current and future solutions, e.g. an online platform dedicated to the reuse of building materials, a social network for residents, an eco-friendly laundry service, etc.
The implementation of Icade’s CSR policy is based on the teams’ involvement in:
- the commitment to solidarity of its employees through skills sponsorships (Samusocial), professional integration and local employment partnerships (“Young Talent from Plaine Commune Club” and “Our Neighbourhoods Have Talent”) in addition to solidarity leave and solidarity days;
- “eco-friendly practices” campaigns and encouraging soft mobility solutions.
Spotlight on the move to Icade’s new headquarters in the Open building, where desk sharing is in place.
In September 2017, Icade relocated its headquarters to the Open building in Issy-les-Moulineaux. New tools and services reflect Icade’s goal of turning new work practices and the quality of life in the workplace into true drivers of performance through arranging the workstations to create a flexible work environment, setting up innovative work and relaxation areas, using new digital communication tools, launching a digital platform to measure workplace well-being, etc.