The large private companies in Milan team up to facilitate ‘near working’, that is, agile work from a location close to one’s home. And they do this by making their spaces available, by reservation, for the moment for the employees of the municipal administration, and in the future also for the workers of other private companies.
The initiative is called ‘smart working community’ and is part of the ‘Milano Smart City Alliance’, an alliance between companies promoted by Assolombarda together with local institutions, in particular the Municipality of Milan, with the aim of promoting a urban development based on innovation and sustainability.
I vantaggi del ‘near working’
The ‘near working’ has the advantage of decongesting public transport by limiting the transfers of workers between the different neighborhoods, with a positive impact both on mobility and on polluting emissions. It also improves work-life balance because the workplace is close to home. And this translates into time savings, greater vitality of non-central districts, development of a polycentric city.
The first companies that will make their spaces available are Enel and Tim: municipal employees will be able to book some workstations at their respective offices. The other companies of the ‘Smart City Alliance’ are A2A, Accenture, Atm, Cisco, Coima, Dassault Systèmes, Fastweb, Ibm and Siemens.
“Innovative approach to agile work”
“We are proud to be among the first to have joined this innovative project”, commented Nicola Lanzetta, director of Enel Italy. “The project is part of the broader framework of activities that Tim has in the field with the municipal administration to make Milan a future-proof city, that is, smart, reconfigurable, resilient and adaptive”, adds Luciano Albanese, head of energy, utilities & transportation by Tim. “Smart Working Community was created to promote an innovative approach to agile work that has positive impacts on environmental sustainability and on the quality of life of workers”, declares Gioia Ghezzi, vice president of Assolombarda and president of the Milan Smart City Alliance: “Milan is adopting a growth model in which public, private and citizens collaborate in identifying priorities “.
“Reorganize the way of working”
“With the outbreak of the pandemic, we had to quickly reorganize the working methods of thousands of our employees, protecting everyone’s health without stopping the functioning of the municipal machinery, starting with essential services”, concluded Alessia Cappello, councilor for labor policies and to human resources of the Municipality of Milan: “Agile work, together with the strengthening of online branches, has given us excellent results. With nearworking, which started at the end of September and the smart working community that is starting in these days, we will give further impetus to a new way of working, close to home, in our offices or in spaces made available by private individuals “.