Smart Working: the future of working in companies is digital Smart Working: the future of working in companies is digital

Smart Working: the future of working in companies is digital

A few days after celebrating the 3rd Day dedicated to smart and flexible work, the debate still continues on the potential of what many consider the true work revolution of the 21st century

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Many companies have already embraced the principle of this new work approach. TIM, in particular, is one of the best examples to pay attention to.

Thursday 18 February saw the celebration of the 3rd Smart Working Day, which refers to a new way to interface with daily work that is becoming more popular in today's businesses. For many companies, Smart Working is a true work revolution. It has even become significant enough to involve the Government, which has recently approved an important draft law aimed at governing this new method that offers such great potential. While Italy is about to adopt this new business model with dedicated specific regulations, in other EU nations where it has already been implemented, including Spain, the Netherlands and Great Britain, it is producing expected results.

What Smart Working means for Italian Law

The regulations contained in the draft Labour law introduced a few weeks ago by Minister Poletti set out the meaning of Smart Working and its specific features. Firstly, it is important to point out that Smart Working does not call for a new type of contract similar to part-time, as some people had theorised. It is to be considered a detailed method of flexible management of the working week for subordinate employees. This flexibility consists of specific rules, the most significant of which is workstation virtualisation. Working on company premises will no longer be mandatory. It will now be possible to work comfortably from home or outdoors, if one’s work can be effectively managed remotely. While this does not call for any change in remuneration for workers who carry out the same jobs they do in-company, it does offer businesses all the tax and contribution incentives available for employees with regard to performance pay.

TIM and Smart Working: a new way to do business

TIM is one of the first companies in Italy that has been thinking about a new business model that is highly focused on digital transformation, for which Smart Working can be a leveraging tool. The Group's objective is to maximise the opportunities offered by technology and our growing relationship to it, as well as the new regulations. On the one hand, the goal is to innovate current work places and methods to find a balance between the work efficiency and the personal expectations of staff those employees, who will have the chance to work at home or in satellite offices near where they live. On the other hand, it is to take the opportunity for the company to reduce costs, thereby freeing itself to invest in other activities that will give added value to clients. While TIM’s revolution has just begun, it is already one of the most noteworthy Italian examples of Smart Working, which can be adapted to all types of business sectors. TIM’s roadmap is clear: following on a survey conducted with Milan Polytechnic University of Milan in September 2015, working from home was experimented by 500 staff members of the Group in October 2015 and the results were as hoped. This success led to a new experimentation phase in TIM offices near workers’ homes, which was equally as successful as the first test session. For this reason, the pilot project phase will begin in March 2016. It will be divided into three waves and will usher in a new business model for the entire Group throughout Italy in 2017.

TIM’s work revolution is about to be accomplished.

Everything you should know about Smart Working at TIM