In 2017, collaborative innovation became a priority for French HR decision-makers

Most companies in France have already started adapting to the challenges to the fully digital world. The workplace is rapidly changing and the traditional hierarchical structure of the past is being phased out. Company’s now face a challenge that is more than just an economic one. Collaboration with their employees is now a necessity – not only for their innovation roadmap, but also for their employee engagement.

You can’t just think about HR now, it’s about collaboration – Aymeric Vincent, Director of Talents and Development HR at Editis.

Is Collaboration Now a Priority for HR Decision Makers?

Collaboration is already playing a central role in every professional and role. HR is no exception. To better understand the issues facing HR professionals today, the EBG Studies division, the leading French think-tank on the digital economy, has created the Barometer on HR Pilot Practices 2017. They polled 300 HR decision-makers spread across more than 10 sectors of activity, more than one third of whom represented groups with more than 10,000 employees.


The Barometer’s first finding was that nearly 3 out of 4 HR decision-makers use less than 10 performance indicators and that they are increasingly focusing on collaboration.

For Samuel Hassoun, a Director of Human Resources at CGI France, the key to HR management is simplicity. To keep it simple? Focus on the initial training program.

In addition to staffing and pay, turnover is a key indicator for 65% of HR decision-makers.


Many Human Resource Departments are working on their communication strategy to counteract turnover. Reducing the ‘churn’ of employees is closely linked to three other key indicators: the employee satisfaction rate; measurement of the ‘social climate’; and the employer image.

Because of this, collaboration has become integral as both a main lever for growth and as a means of creating a positive work environment.

The Collaboration Process

The collaboration process can be broken down into three key stages:

  • – Listen. As a collaborator, you feel listened to by your peers, your managers, your department, and, ultimately, the entire company.
  • – Commitment. Collaboration builds trust and makes all involved feel as if they are trusted to contribute to issues of concern, even if they fall outside of their field of expertise.
  • – Realization of projects. Asking your employees for their thoughts and ideas is important, but to change your corporate culture and image you must show a willingness to really listen to them.

Fostering employee engagement means giving everyone the chance to achieve sustainable growth, increase profitability and improve a hose of other indicators over the long term. – Frederic Pauthier, Director of Human Resources and General Resources at MACSF.

Employee engagement is an area of serious concern. According to a Gallup study, 91% of French employees do not feel committed to their current employer (that figure is only 13% worldwide). This lack of engagement results in a net loss of an incredible 60 billion euros a year.

Companies in every sector and industry are collaborating with their employees to improve innovation and engagement. Are you?

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