Some companies aspire to go fast – and we do as well – but at Icertis, we are also building to go far. Our vision is to transform the foundation of commerce with contract intelligence and how we get there is just as important as the destination.
Icertis was built with the belief that values are the underpinning of a successful and sustaining organization. Our culture is one of our biggest differentiators because our FORTE values (Fairness, Openness, Respect, Teamwork, Execution), are at the forefront of every decision we make, and a reason why Icertis retains its employer-of-choice status globally.
When the Covid-19 pandemic hit in 2020, many tech companies began evaluating the future of the office and began transitioning to a remote or hybrid work model. Icertis took the hybrid-model approach to provide flexibility for Icertians, but when we come together in the office, we wanted to ensure our physical space was conducive to innovation and grounded in our FORTE values – an inclusive open, and collaborative office space. We needed an office that reflected us – not just where we work, but who we are.
That’s why we are so thrilled to be named the Gold medal of Stevie® Award for Great Employers, in the Achievement in Workplace Design category.
The Stevie® Awards for Great Employers recognize the world’s best employers and the human resources professionals, teams, achievements, and HR-related products and suppliers who help to create and drive great places to work.
More than 950 nominations from organizations of all sizes in 26 nations were submitted this year for consideration in a wide range of HR-related categories.
This award demonstrates our FORTE values-driven approach to everything we do at Icertis, including workplace design.
Let us explain. To build the Icertis office of the future, we decided to transform our traditional space to accommodate a new hybrid workplace model and encourage inclusivity, collaboration, creation, and celebration. We set out to create a:
- welcoming, flexible, and immersive environment that empowers Icertians
- uniquely crafted space to nurture both the individual and the team experience, where all Icertians can learn, work, play, create, rest, and celebrate our achievements along the way
- connected and integrated space that fosters teamwork, creativity, and out-of-the-box thinking
Providing spaces that are accessible to all Icertians is especially important in promoting fairness (the F in FORTE) in the workplace and we wanted the concept of our space to reflect that. So, we incorporated gender-neutral washrooms and a seated ramp for employees with disabilities, among other features.
Our inclusive approach to design received great feedback from the Stevie judges, “Taking into consideration employees with a disability was a great example of promoting diversity and inclusion in the workplace. And, definitely, the values of the organization [taken into account when] they built the space show how they really care about the employee’s well-being.”
Openness and teamwork were also core values implemented into our workplace design. Team members can now conduct meetings, host celebrations, and freely interact with our executive leadership team in the café area. Feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.
One judge took note that our workplace design fostered openness between teams and said, “Icertis’ hybrid workplace model that encourages collaboration, co-creation, and celebration is an achievement in Workplace Design specifically so with the CEO visits to the cafe to meet with employees, and all gathering around the Good Vibes Pantry projects that the management has a keen listening ear.”
In our efforts to become an enduring, consequential company and a category-defining leader in contract management, creating a work environment that encourages Icertians’ well-being, their collaboration, and execution are crucial to our success.
Indeed, as Icertis continues its path to being the contract intelligence platform of the world, holding true to our FORTE values in how we work together —and where we work — will only propel us further forward.