Siesta room, tennis court… This company pampers its employees to attract others

Siesta room, tennis court… This company pampers its employees to attract others

The space of 1,500 m² is worthy of a holiday center. Outside, there are tennis, basketball, volleyball and petanque courts, equipment and a ping-pong table. All this surrounded by green spaces, between ponds and landscaped paths along seven hectares.

Inside, a living room, adjoining a restaurant with a terrace, combines billiards, darts, foosball, pinball and an arcade machine. A corridor distributes rooms sometimes dedicated to musical rehearsal -with instruments-, to reading in Zen mode -with a library-, to napping in long armchairs, or to sports (zumba, fitness, yoga…). A dozen individual changing rooms with showers complete the set.

Inaugurated in February and baptized otio (which means free time, in Latin), this island of leisure is not located in a hotel on the coast, but in the facilities of the company Bodet Software, in the heart of the Cormier industrial area, in Cholet (Maine-et – Loire).

At the heart of the Bodet Software company in Cholet, the volleyball court is used in particular for tournaments between employees. | WEST OF FRANCE

“Neither Club Med”

The 380 employees of the French leader in human resources software can thus take advantage of fifteen different activities. Open morning, noon and night, outside business hours – “It’s not Club Med either”restates the general manager, Éric Ruty, are especially popular during the lunch break, between 12:00 and 13:45

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In full growth and faced with a strong need for computer engineers and developers (about fifty hires a year), the company with a turnover of 70 million euros created this space for the first time, at a cost of 3 million euros, retain and attract new employeesexplains Éric Ruty, proud of the result. This tool promotes the collective spirit and the balance between personal and professional life, in addition to promoting the employer brand. »

“Be inventive to recruit”

The hiring challenge, already important in this sector, is even more so for a company located outside of metropolitan areas. “It’s a real challenge, we have to be inventive. » A geographic weakness that has become an asset, in this case: “In the companies I visited in Nantes, I saw meeting rooms with video consoles, but nothing like that, because many times they don’t have an outside”observes Eric Ruty.

Entirely dedicated to your well-being, the space otio, accompanied by a new research and development building “designed in agile mode”it was designed upstream with the employees. “We do not keep the poolthe manager smiles. Nursery school had also been requested, but the limitations were too great. »

Bodet Software, in Cholet, makes a musical rehearsal room available to its employees. | WEST OF FRANCE

An offer that involves all employees

This wellness area is the result of prior consultation with employees, who were able to present their ideas without censorship. The outdoor apparatus course thus arose from the will of a collaborator who was fond of Parkour.

The outdoor space has been planted and conditioned with swimming pools, at Bodet Software, in Cholet. | WEST OF FRANCE

As for the music room, it was born from the existence, within the company, of a music group that has been hosting company evenings for several years. Called FlexiLive, the training thus has a rehearsal space in your workplace.

The economic and social committee has taken over the tool and will offer courses for different instruments. As well as providing books for the library and leading gymnastics and dance sessions in the dedicated room.

Éric Ruty, CEO of Bodet Software, in the newly opened siesta room in Cholet. | WEST OF FRANCE

Volleyball tournaments, previously organized by the company, can now be held on a real court, surrounded by grass stands. “This space gives another dimension to the company. The employees are proud and that allows them to get to know each other better, instead of bumping into each other sometimes”rejoices the general manager, Éric Ruty.

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