Smart working is an integrated solution in the work-life balance
We are testing and implementing in several Group companies the Smart working initiatives:
- In Italy, at Assicurazioni Generali, Generali Italia and Generali Business Solutions we have launched the first smart working pilot project as an organisational innovation and a response to the Global Engagement Survey as regards work-life balance issues. The project began in March 2016 with the involvement of the trade unions to adopt shared modus operandi. The beneficiaries of the project, operative since December 2016, are around 230 colleagues from the Milan site that joined up voluntarily, signed an individual agreement and followed a training course on workplace health and safety. In 2017 the project was gradually extended to Milan, involving 261 new people, and in Rome, where 466 people joined it. The smartworkers, who can work remotely, will be equipped with the most hi-tech equipment including company laptops and smartphones. In addition, over 100 managers took part in workshops dedicated to leadership and management style issues in regard to smart working. This represented the start of a support process that will last for the duration of the trial period (6 months).
Involvement and participation in the project will be monitored and the benefits for employees in terms of reduced commuting, reduced CO2 emissions and savings on transportation costs will be calculated. To date, in total, 952 Smart Workers joined the program.The Smart working program won the 2017 Smart Working Award, the recognition of the Milan Polytechnic Observatory that rewards organizations that have distinguished themselves for the introduction of smart working.
- In France, we have leveraged on new technology instruments, such as thinclient, laptops and the use of Lync (platform for chats, video calls and the sharing of desktops), to improve wellbeing in the workplace. We have also drafted a new social contract that permits working from home, telecommuting in sales offices and a new way of using office spaces.