Smart working after Covid is destined to remain. Many companies have already signed corporate agreements for agile work after the emergency. Let’s see how it will be.
Smart working: what will it be like after Covid? We can answer this question since many companies are already moving, even with insurance company agreements, for a structural smart working even after Covid and post-emergency, beyond the indications provided by the government.
We are talking about the private sector because there are specific rules for the smart working of public employees.
Smart working remains with the simplified mode without an agreement until July 31 for private employees, even if there is talk of an extension until September 30 to be included in the next Sostegni bis decree.
Now smart working could change after that date, returning to the ordinary discipline of agile working. Some companies have been applying smart working for some time or that, having resorted to it during the pandemic, will keep it even after Covid, perhaps implementing it. Meanwhile, for smart working after Covid, a national protocol is being considered.
Smart working: after Covid, how it will be in some companies
Smart working could remain even after Covid for some companies, which have already experienced it before the emergency, a functional element also to be implemented.
There are various experiences and the world of companies that, without waiting for the post-Covid, have already entered into business agreements defining their extension even beyond the current year.
For example, the world of telecommunications is most likely to leave smart working after Covid in a massive way. Ericsson, for example, also for its centers, has established that smart working even after the Covid emergency continues at 100 percent for all employees until October 2023. Not every day; in fact, all employees in the company will have 12 days a month of smart working available until that date, which means three days a week, a good average on the other hand.
Agreements for smart working even after Covid have been signed in the same sector by other companies such as Vodafone, Tim, Windtre, Fastweb, Open Fiber.
Smart working today is also massively used by banks even if the category contract establishes that only 10 percent of work can take place in an agile mode; therefore, after Covid, things should go back to the way they were before or change. New rules should therefore be introduced, but the process is complex. Sanofi gave other examples of how smart working post-Covid could, who brought agile work to the company even before the pandemic.
In 2020 Sanofi provided for smart working 5 days a week; at the beginning of 2021, it defined a new company agreement for a mixed-mode of work, which also provides the use of smart working destined to remain even after the emergency.
A recent survey carried out by Fondirigenti, the Interprofessional Fund for the continuous training of executives promoted by Confindustria and Federmanager, found that 54% of the Italian companies involved – 14,000 present in the Fund’s database to which an online questionnaire was submitted, obtaining 1,500 responses – he says he is ready to keep smart working even after Covid.
Smart working: towards a national protocol?
It is not yet official that smart working without an agreement will be brought up to September 30 for private individuals in the simplified model. However, there is already talk of a national protocol for post-Covid.
The trade unions, who also met with Labor Minister Andrea Orlando a few days ago to discuss the issue, believe that although it is not necessary to revise the regulation of smart working, company and category bargaining should nevertheless be encouraged, which is why we would speak of the hypothesis of a national protocol for smart working after Covid even if a table on the issue is not yet foreseen.