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In Italy, this is the moment of Smart Working, but we must be careful of the bandwagon effect. In 2015, 17% of large companies is running formal smart working projects (the value was 8% in 2014). Additionally, one company in two has implemented initiatives geared to creating greater flexibility, with policies concerning working hours and locations, the availability of technological support, and reviews of the office layout and leadership styles. The technological tools used most to enable smart working are mobile devices and social collaboration systems. Among the company functions best suited to embark upon tests and pilot projects are the ICT, purchasing and administration departments. For smart working to really work, there must be a detailed review of the organisational culture and models. There is a growing interest for co-working even in large companies, with 349 working centres currently available in Italy. Managers highlight the benefits of sharing information and reducing costs, but doubts still remain concerning data security.
2017 will be remembered for the approval of the law on Smart Working (Lavoro Agile), drafted as a measure to promote flexibility at work, but it will also be remembered for the publishing (...)
2016 has been a pivotal year for Smart Working in Italy: in addition to the growing spread and maturity of initiatives, there has been an increasingly expanding awareness also at institutional (...)