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Smart Working: the showdown

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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.

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