Smartworking: the world of work is divided into two. On the one hand, there are the companies that relaunch and leave workers in agile work from now on well beyond the emergency period that expires on 31 July. For example, Enel has already announced that smartworking will last until Christmas. In Amazon until October. Fastweb until September. In short, the heart is thrown the obstacle and goes beyond the summer. Even in banks, where in theory customers could already return to branches by appointment, you surf on sight. According to our rough estimate, 50% of the employees are at home in smartworking, says Fabi secretary general, Lando Maria Sileoni. On the opposite front there are companies that are calling workers back. Especially those who have come to smartworking more for survival than by choice now tend to retrace their steps. On the other hand, this dualism is also present among the big names in technology. While Twitter will allow employees to work from home indefinitely, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has already announced that teleworking cannot be a standard mode because it penalizes human relationships in the company.
Smartworking means alternating between home and company at one’s own discretion, while what is being done today often telecommutes tourt court. But without the confusion there is a certainty. Employees like to work from home. A survey conducted by CGIL on over 6,000 workers highlighted the appreciation of the majority (over 60%) for work from home. A search by the consulting company Variations also came to the same result. 47% of women and 46% of men experienced work from home well. To this group must be added that of enthusiasts, of those who are experiencing work from home very well. These are 38% of women and 41% of men. The suspicion that the employees weighed the double workload due to family responsibilities.
In the meantime, both the Cura Italia decree and the protocol signed on March 14 by business organizations and unions encourage agile work to reduce pressure on public transport and, in general, to reduce the risk of contagion. But this is not an obligation. The only case in which employees can claim agile work when they have children up to 14 years old, as the newly stamped relaunch decree says. Even on this, however, there are those who have doubts. I understand that for families in this extraordinary situation with their children at home from school, smartworking is a matter of survival. For this measure, it risks becoming a boomerang, says Arianna Visentini of Variazioni. Agile work works when chosen, by the worker and the company, because both have an advantage. I do not exclude that this imposition will eventually discourage companies from implementing experiments when we are back to normal. Alternatives? Incentivize companies that use it, through tax credits on investments made.