• 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

  1. 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.

  1. …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

  1. 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)

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