We are collecting the best ideas from our 500,000 employees and transforming them into valuable tools for our business.
How do great ideas take shape and spread? How can innovators across a 500,000-strong organisation quickly share their inspirations and test their assumptions? And what’s the next brilliant insight that will help us become the world’s greatest service organisation? Our Corporate Garage aims to answer those questions by inspiring innovation and entrepreneurship globally – and putting our employees’ great ideas into action.
Many game-changing inventions began outside corporate offices – including in people’s garages. Examples include Apple, Disney, and Mattel. ISS itself has a long history of innovation in facility services, from developing productivity hacks for cleaning in the early 20th century to testing the use of sensors and robots in the workplace today. Adding to that culture of invention, ISS Corporate Garage creates the conditions for ISS employees to become entrepreneurs within the company, harnessing their creativity to test fresh ideas, develop successful prototypes, and bring new service innovations out of the garage and into the market.
The Corporate Garage relies on a process for employees to ideate together and rapidly test ideas – through so-called ‘pretotyping’ – that ensures projects are quickly either killed or approved for further development. Through face-to-face and online conversations, start-up weekends, and pretotyping workshops, ISS employees from around the world participate in ensuring our company continues to build on our success and leadership in facility services.
We have developed an app to serve as a platform for idea sharing and testing. Are you an ISS employee interested in sharing an idea about how to improve service at work? Download the IDEAS@ISS app from the Apple AppStore or Google Play and get started today.
Check out this presentation to learn more about the purpose and structure of the Corporate Garage: