13/11/20

What if we like smartworking too much?

Unfortunately, or fortunately, smartworking will not end so quickly and like every new scenario, agile work undoubtedly has its advantages: no time wasted on home-work trips, flexible working hours, more free time, more freedom to dress and organise one's workspace, greater autonomy and empowerment. That's why we like it more and more.

A research on Remote Working and Future of Work presented by Microsoft and carried out by Bcg and Krc Research, involving over 9 thousand managers and employees of large companies in Western Europe, including over 600 in Italy, shows that in 2020 76% of companies work flexibly, compared to 19% in 2019.  
The research, however, focused mainly on the benefits of agile work for workers, who 68% believe that they can work more agile than the classic day at the office, 42% find it easier to balance work and private life, while 31% remain indifferent.

Smartworking also brings economic advantages that anyone who tries to deny would say false: it has been calculated that the potential savings will range from 1,000 to 2,500 euros per year for lunches away from home, between 500 and 1,500 euros for transport and 5,000 and 10,000 for housing, as many workers have already started to move to peripheral areas and away from their offices, saving a lot on rent costs.  

Often between the company and employees where one earns money, the other does not earn money, but in the case of agile work both earn a good income.  
Company leaders reported many benefits, both in terms of productivity and efficiency: 87% of respondents found productivity equal to or higher than before the lockdown and 71% are convinced that the new "hybrid" ways of working bring significant cost savings. It also emerges that both managers and employees are appreciating the benefits of working remotely, so much so that neither of them wants to go back to their old habits.  

To make agile work to be fruitful, the employee must be able to work optimally from his or her living room or kitchen, and research has highlighted important problems on this point. 43% of the employees of the companies surveyed did not have the minimum amount of hardware and services available during lockdown, because two out of three companies invest less than 1,000 euros per year per employee in tools and training. This is a significant limitation, as technology can enable work planning and process management with a productivity increase of up to 40%; especially in innovative environments managed by managers who encourage and support this new way of working.

In support of this vision towards the need for a path of innovation for the companies of the future Luba Manolova, Director of the Microsoft 365 Division of Microsoft Italia, said: "Our research highlights the importance of a human approach to innovation: the teams that will be truly successful will be those characterised by greater team spirit, empathy and trust in others. It is essential to continue to promote the digital culture alongside the culture of innovation and to provide technologies that enable everyone to work at their best and also encourage team collaboration".

Having the best equipment, and consequently the best infrastructure, therefore becomes fundamental, also to maintain the shred of human relations that is needed to communicate with one's colleagues in an optimal way.  

We, NSI - Think Outside the Box, are digital enablers and we believe that technology enables innovation. Simply put.  
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