The Olympics push telework, but where is Italy?

Teleworking can improve the livability of our cities

With the London Olympics chooses the telework. In the English capital on tilt for the Games civil servants will work from home for seven weeks, experimenting with a system that has a positive impact on conciliation family-work and on the livability Some cities. In Italy, meanwhile, the resistance to changing habits towards one is still very strong lifestyle even more respectful of the environment.

The life of the inhabitants of London during the Olympics will change profoundly, for many also from the point of view of work. To avoid traffic and transport go haywire in the city invaded by visitors for the Games, as early as July 21 and until September 9, when the Paralympics will also end, public administration employees can working from home. And 50% of private companies have granted their staff one more flexibility.

Second Linda Gilli, CEO of Inaz, one of the most important Italian companies dealing with software and services forpersonnel administration and human resources management: “The decision of the London authorities will have a positive impact on livability of the city and will make many Londoners discover a system with which employees can reconcile family and work while companies save, without losing in productivity”.

But in Italy, could one even think such a thing? “In our country the telework is struggling to establish itself - continues Gilli -. An Isfol Plus survey of 2008 found that the Italian companies that provide telework are 4.3%. There would therefore be 770 thousand employees who could theoretically work remotely, but only 55 thousand actually adopt this system ".

Yet we also have the technology and the software to build, with the telework, a real win-win agreement for employees and companies. The former would be able to work on the net, from anywhere and at any time, without having to jump through hoops to follow the family; the latter would save on the management costs of the offices and increase efficiency thanks to flexibility. Not to mention the positive effects on traffic, pollution and transport for i commuters.

What is holding back the spread of teleworking in Italy? According to Linda Gilli in our country struggles to settle down a relationship of trust between worker and company: “Many employers cannot do without the presence in the office and the stamping the card for check the employee. Sure, the face-to-face relationship is essential. Even when working remotely it is necessary to plan, in a shrewd and constant way, a series of direct meetings on site, essential for organizing the work, to evaluate the projects in progress and to never lose the personal contact that is the basis of each peaceful and productive relationship.

But today we have many tools that can make teleworking a viable option: from software for attendance detection, also on mobile devices, to solutions such as the Employee Portal with which workers always have a direct line with the company. So remote work can be a winning choice ".

Ultimately, however, the Italian delay in teleworking, more than technological, it is cultural: "Hours, services and lifestyles in our society - observes Gilli - are still, in large part, conceived as if every full-time worker had someone by his side who simultaneously took care of home and family. A thing completely outside of reality ".

Edited byMichele Ciceri

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