- The current pandemic and the exceptional events we have experienced such as lockdowns have normalised a hybrid onsite/offsite working model. In addition to being compliant with the framework set by the organization, Org@Work matches with employees’ will to couple workload with personal aspirations.
What it does
- A Flexible and collaborative work organization…
Org@Work enables organizations to implement and monitor on site vs. remote activity on a flexible and collaborative manner. Employees are asked to fill a forecast planning, choosing between on site and remote work, and submit the planning for manager’s approval.
Managers can then access their team planning and proceed to validation or modification regarding organization’s remote agreement and employees’ aspirations, as well as ensuring a same number of work from home days for all. Objective would also be to facilitate face-to-face meeting organisation for the team.
- …Leading to an efficient workplace cost management
Balance between on site and remote activity enables companies to reduce their office space cost. Through a flexible remote activity and a customizable maximal occupancy rate, organizations now get an overall smoothing of employee presence on site which represents a valuable cost leverage
Visibility provided by Org@Work will also help office managers rationalizing other expenses (corporate restaurant).
How I built it
- Org@Work is a SaaS solution
- Teams App, using most Teams components (dedicated tab shared on chat or Team, Org@Work workflow duplicated into Teams' bot..)
- Azure services (ex : Azure hosting, Azure Firewall, Azure Virtual DMZ Firewall, Azure SQL Elastic Pool)
Challenges I ran into
- A balanced roadmap between Use cases and Time to market
First version of Org@Work was made up in March 2020 during France’s 1st lockdown and designed to address the upcoming sanitary measures. At this time, the main challenge was to create a roadmap that would adapt and evolve with the needs and circumstances.
As the exceptional became the new normal, companies had to switch to a more hybrid organization in which remote activity will be a long-lasting reality. Org@Work has then been able to assist companies to implement their remote agreement guideline.
This remote agreement introduced a new opportunity for companies: better manage their workplace costs, representing another Use case to which Org@Work had to adapt quickly.
Accomplishments that I'm proud of
- Capacity to conceptualize, develop and deliver in very short delays:
- Launching an MVP in 5 weeks
- Moving from on-premises to SaaS solution
- Switching from stand alone to Teams App
- Close customer leads in a period of sanitary crisis and economical constraints
- 95% rate of adhesion on our first deployments
What I learned
- Tough times and crisis imply difficulties and uncertainty, but can still generate opportunities for resilient and audacious organizations
- More than ever, it is critical to identify the right people and strategic partners within an ecosystem
What's next for Org@Work
- Ensure that Org@Work becomes the reference for on site vs remote activity monitoring tool
- Adress accurately new use cases by finalizing and deploying the roadmap (Ex: Office 365 integration)
- Increase and reinforce our partner relations with our existing customers by collecting more feedbacks from Org@Work key persona
- Strengthen our strategic partnership with Microsoft (Ex: Microsoft 365 compliance)