Life and work: can we reconcile them? Life and work: can we reconcile them?

Life and work: can we reconcile them?

Can we find a balance between work - family life?

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In our society, all our activities are marked by the passage of time.

We rush against the clock to get to the office, we often get stuck in traffic, our lunch break is a fast routine, and when we get home, we already have commitments to attend to. In addition to all this, couples that decide to become parents need to think about how to organise and manage their child, taking them to nursery school or, for the lucky ones, to grandparents.

And we often hear people talking about the various causes of the declining birth rate: on the one hand, there is the economic crisis that is affecting our country, and on the other hand, the difficulty in finding the right work-family life balance.

Years ago, after having the first child, a woman very often decided to give up her job and devote herself entirely to her family. Today, in many cases, this is impossible due to economic or career reasons: after so much effort spent achieving a stable job position, it is difficult to leave it.

In Italy, despite the high unemployment rate among women compared to other European countries (only 4 women in 10 work) some positive signs can be seen with regard to employment opportunities for women. These include incentives for companies that employ women, the many success stories of women entrepreneurs, and the increasing number of business initiatives that facilitate the right work-family life balance.

Moreover, if we take a look beyond Italy, we can find success stories about women such as the manager Angela Ahrendts, who after reaching a top position at Burberry moved on to top management at Apple. Women are increasingly making a career for themselves and therefore managing family life is no longer a mainly female concern but an urgent need that involves both men and women.

Three key factors to work on

It is not always easy to find the right work-private life balance, but we can prevent one from prevailing over the other by dealing with some aspects.

Telecom Italia initiatives

Like many other Italian companies, Telecom Italia wants to have satisfied employees who work with passion.

The company must therefore respect and focus on the needs of its employees. Convinced of this, Telecom Italia implements many initiatives to ensure that its employees have a serene work life and, as far as the company can help, personal life.

For example:

  • subsidised loans
  • benefits (nursery schools, holiday stays for children and adolescents)
  • special discounts are available with businesses (e.g. laundries and gyms)
  • employees’ children can take part in contests for scholarships
  • a car-pooling service is available to get to the company’s main offices
  • motivational initiatives concerning sport, art, culture, music, shows and historical events are available for employees and their families, thanks to sponsorship agreements and partnerships established with the company
  • company volunteer projects that employees can take part in, offering their know-how to non-profit organizations and associations (e.g. Dynamo Camp)

These are just some examples of the work-family reconciliation policies implemented by Telecom Italia.