A Smart Working workshop was held on 28 September in Warsaw, promoted by Mikomax Smart Office in collaboration with Variazioni Srl (in the role of project facilitator) and Wiewirsóki Law Firm. The attendees were IBM, GSK (GlaxoSmithKline), Luxoft, Roche and Transition Technologies, that are all members of the ABSL network (Association of Business Service Leaders in Poland), an organization that represents the business services sector in Poland.
The meeting’s objective was to develop reflection and confrontation between the participants on the possibility of implementing Smart Working in Poland, and understand the benefits of this new work procedure and the many opportunities that may arise from its development, in a common effort on the part of a chain of companies.
Before the opening of the event all the participating companies filled out our Smart Working Index questionnaire, the tool that gives an indication as to how ready a company is for the implementation of the Smart Working concept.
Variazioni started the morning session by tracing a picture of the demographic, social and economic situation in Italy and Europe, starting from the definition of the welfare state and its current crisis, up to the increasingly important role of the second welfare, with focus on the role that businesses can assume at this point. The succeeding step was to present the Italian norms used today to promote Smart Working, highlighting how the companies for some years now, have implemented this new work mode even in the absence of a true and proper disciplinary measure. Lastly, an in-depth study took place, on the contents of the Flexible Work Bill and the resolution of the European Parliament of 13 September 2016 that focuses on the right to the reconcilement of life-work and pointed out Smart Working as one of the tools that can warranty this vital right (we expounded on this here). Then our professionals, cutting across the normative and organisational aspects, first developed a birds’-eye view on what Smart Working is for Variazioni and presented the C.O.R.E. method Later they shared with the participants the results of the quarterly experiments of the Smart Companies as a benchmark to help others understand the added value that can generate the policy and know-how sharing chain between the companies.
In the afternoon, discussion focused on the Smart Working implementation process in a company, through the Variazioni method: the use of guide-posters and identification tabs of the relevant commitments in the four areas of the C.O.R.E. system (Cultural, Organisational, Regulatory, Economic). The companies were able to reflect on how to organize the various steps, and carry out at best the Smart Working implementation process.
As Variazioni’s Arianna Visentini said: "the workshop was an important occasion to compare the Polish and Italian frameworks, that were seen to be really not too dissimilar. Generally, the European companies need clear and simple regulatory frameworks without resulting in reduced security. However, there is also need for reliable tools and guidance to make the change processes effective and satisfactory for the companies and their workers."
Zuzanna Mikołajczyk commented, “We can affirm that Smart Working is a managerial philosophy, the results of which can be measured and may allow employees to work in a place other than at a company desk, choosing the ideal one that meets their demands.”