Enel, smart working kick-off
Now that the pilot project has been completed, it is time to start. On Thursday, first of June, the third phase of smart working at Enel begins, following the agreement with the Filctem Cgil, Flaei Cisl and Uiltec Uil trade unions on 4 April, 2016. For about a year, 500 employees experimented this form of work from home, thanks to the self-sufficiency granted by the new technologies, with excellent results in terms of increased productivity and greater ability to deal with their personal engagements.
Now this form of ‘simplified work’ is extended to 7,000 workers, who can choose whether to spend the entire working week at the office, or to keep a day to work elsewhere, with the same salary and regulations, including insurance coverage, lunch vouchers, the responsibility to choose places and ways to work in health and safety.
Regardless of where they are, employees must always be available for their superior or for anyone who needs to contact them. However, smart working does not allow to accumulate extra hours and employees must previously agree upon the various conditions with their superiors. The company and trade unions also agreed to continue monitoring new forms of work, in order to improve this formula. The only ones excluded are newly hired employees, apprentices, part-time workers and activities that are commercially incompatible with remote working.
Undoubtedly, out-of-office work is an opportunity made possible by digitisation.
The boundaries between self-employed and employed workers are becoming hazy and the innovative age of productive relations that is opening up relies on industry 4.0 and the introduction of new network technologies to increase productivity and quality of work.