Paris, 1st June 2022
More than an office, a social hub
The BlaBlaCar “Village”, located in the 11th arrondissement of Paris, is the new home for its 500 employees based in France. This new building, built by Studio Vincent Eschalier, 6e Sens Immobilier and UNOFI, was designed primarily as a social hub, combining shared work spaces and living spaces.
Distributed over 5 floors, the open space offices and meeting rooms are 100% flexible on the principle of “flex office” and can be booked according to the needs of the employees for an optimal use of the space. On the remaining 4 floors, relaxation, leisure and service areas offer a complete experience: 170-seat auditorium, BlaBlaCafé, fitness and yoga rooms, music studio, games area, bicycle garage, etc. A 500m² rooftop with a sports field and vegetable garden offers a 360° view of the roofs of Paris.
An eco-responsible building in the heart of Paris
As part of BlaBlaCar’s environmental approach, the building aims to be a model office building with responsible uses.
The materials chosen are sustainable: wood, metal, stone, very few plastics, etc. As of the construction site, more than 75% of the waste was recycled. The installation of certain equipment anticipates its future reuse for a second life. The construction complied with the most demanding energy and environmental criteria and was awarded the BREEAM International “Very Good” and Wiresdscore Silver environmental performance labels.
Its operation has also been designed to be environmentally friendly, from the lighting to the collection of rainwater, including the absence of detergents and the installation of connected zero waste fridges. The green garden and rooftop have been designed to enhance the development of biodiversity and improve the air quality of the neighbourhood. They also contribute to the insulation and thermal inertia of the top floors of the building.
A new flexible and inclusive remote working policy
In parallel, BlaBlaCar is implementing a totally flexible remote working policy open to all employees, called “BlaBlaNomad”. It gives everyone the freedom to come to the office as often as they like, from several times a week to once a month, with a dedicated budget depending on their situation.
Far from being paradoxical, this hybrid model between office and remote working combines the advantages of each mode: remote working offers moments of individual productivity and a better balance between professional and personal life, while meeting in a federative place nourishes human exchanges and the feeling of belonging to a community.
The first results are conclusive: in France, 26% of the employees have chosen to move to full remote working and only come to the headquarters once a month. They have moved to 96 communes in all regions of France. The remaining 74% come every week, on average 2 to 3 days a week. Thus, 78% of the seats available at the headquarters are filled on average during the week.
In 2022, BlaBlaCar plans to recruit 200 people to continue its growth and the development of its shared mobility products.
All job opportunities are on blablacar.com/dreamjobs.