In connection with its digital transformation, at the end of 2018 Covivio launched the European “1001 ideas” project: a two-month consultation initiative aiming to give each employee the opportunity to take part in the “Covivio of tomorrow” thought process. Today, the Group won two trophies awarded by Innov’Acteurs and Le Club de Paris des directeurs de l’innovation, respectively recognising the relevancy and the innovation of the approach.
“1001 ideas”: an internal collaborative innovation approach
At a time when the real estate industry is rapidly changing and customers wish to experiment in new ways of occupying their spaces, Covivio has federated its teams by launching a collaborative approach to innovation on a European scale.
At the end of 2018, each European employee was given the opportunity to voice innovative ideas through a collaborative Internet platform developed alongside the start-up Fanvoice, specialised in digital co-creation systems.
Objective: to co-imagine the innovations of tomorrow for customers and employees on four themes: “Better satisfy our customers”, “Quality of life at work”, “Europe: how to best work together?” and a new, more open theme “What else?”.
At the end of two months of consultation, the ideas of nearly 500 employees were gathered and analysed by the European project team. Today, 50% of the ideas have been deployed at the European level (deployment of Microsoft Office 365 tools, electronic signature of documents, etc.), and also in each of the countries (office furniture tests in France or the provision of a free application for our residential customers in Germany). New ideas will soon be put in service to best meet the trends of the European market in the specificities of each country.
Two trophies awarding the relevancy of the approach
Last 26 November, Covivio was awarded a first trophy by Innov’Acteurs in the “Intercultural innovation” category, the silver prize. This association, working since 2004 to develop participative innovation, promotes the commitment of the corporate world and the public sector to develop a true internal culture of innovation.
Yesterday, on 12 December, Covivio received a new award with the “Innovation Team Best Practices 2019” trophy in the category “Innovation Strategy”, awarded by Le Club de Paris of Innovation Directors. This is a prize that recognises the innovation fostered by the Group and especially the European dimension of the “1001 ideas” approach. For three years, this club, linked to the Master IMT of the University of Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne and the Chaire ETI of the IAE Paris Sorbonne Business School, has awarded these trophies to recognise the commitment of the teams leading these innovative and collaborative projects in their organisations.
“This “1001 ideas” project nurture the strategy for innovation conducted by Covivio. Through the ideas of each and all, we have all the cards in our hand to meet the expectations of our employees in terms of quality of life and work at Covivio, but also to best meet the needs of our customers. Today I am proud to see the actions are now deployed internally and that this project has been rewarded by two recognised associations in the domain of innovation”, declares Philippe Boyer, Innovation Director, Covivio.