There is not only the maximum ceiling of 15% of public employees in smart working. The rules of agile work are also bound to change. It’s a lot. The stakes will be included in the contracts that the government, through Aran, is negotiating with the unions. Thursday the negotiating table will restart, and in the drafts delivered to the unions the turning point is evident. First of all, agile work cannot be a simple “teleworking”, as has happened in practice up to now. The work performance must be carried out partly outside the office and partly, in any case, in presence. Not only. The “external” places must be authorized by the administration to which they belong and, in any case, it will not be possible to work from abroad. The employee will need to ensure an efficient connection. In case of line problems, the employee can immediately be called back to the office. In granting smart working, the administration will certainly have to take into account the objectives of well-being and flexibility of the workers, but these must be “reconciled” with the improvement of the public service.
Green pass, obligation extended to state officials and bartenders. Colors of the regions, Sardinia and Calabria towards yellow
Smart working, who will have precedence
Those who find themselves in particular conditions must take precedence in agile work. Some examples are given in the draft contracts: parents of children under the age of three; employees with disabilities in a serious situation; employees who assist the handicapped. An important step will concern the economic part. Today on food vouchers, connections and other costs, public administrations have gone in no particular order. Some, for example, continued to recognize tickets, others did not. The idea that Aran works on, with the support of the government, would be to lump all these items into a new allowance to be paid to the staff who will carry out their work in an agile way. An all-inclusive sum of both meal vouchers and the expenses that the worker incurs for connections and electricity. In addition, control tools will be introduced to verify the productivity of those who work remotely.
“Smart working, 40 percent of state workers work less”: the data
Another issue that will be regulated by the contract is that of the right to disconnect and the availability of workers. The first band is called “operational”. This is that part of the day in which the worker must be ready to receive instructions and directives from their superiors and be immediately operational to carry out the required tasks. The second band is indicated instead, as a “contactability” band. During this part of working hours, the employee can be contacted by phone or by email, but immediate action is not required. This time slot must contain the previous one. The third band is instead defined as “inoperability”. During this period of time the worker cannot carry out any work activity. This band obviously also includes the night time that goes from ten in the evening to six in the morning. During the contact hours, the worker can ask for hourly permits. While overtime and travel are defined as “incompatible” with remote work. Meanwhile, the government continues to work on returning in the presence of the state. The first step will be the decision of the control room on the extension of the green pass. Once the QR code has been extended to state governments, a Dpcm will be issued which anticipates the end of “emergency” smart working. Finally, for the few or many who will remain to work remotely, the new rules established in the employment contracts will be triggered.
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