Smart Working vs Short Week: which is the best solution?


Smart Working vs Short Week: which is the best solution?


“The short working week is the new frontier of work”.


One thing is certain, that flexibility has not stopped and, on the contrary, has increased interest in the now well-known work life balance of people, thus creating an even clearer fracture among entrepreneurs who continue to assert their power and all others who have understood that in addition to work there is a personal sphere to be cultivated every day.


The word flexibility is also reported in many job advertisements where in some cases it is not intended in its true essence but above all linked to the concept of timetables and a greater persistence in the office (well beyond the estimated time).


Granting flexibility to the employee by the company can bring several advantages, such as:

  • increased productivity
  • greater happiness
  • greater focus on goals
  • less absenteeism from work
  • Flexibility: what stops companies?


    Given the advantages, what stops companies from bringing flexibility internally? First of all, a mindset fixed on a managerial-entrepreneurial culture.


    This is why it is difficult to accept both Smart working and the short working week.


    Today, what is lacking in the world of work is a real cure for the psychological well-being of the employee which, if previously reached through an increase in salary, is no longer the case today. </ p >

    Indeed, in some cases between a high economic offer but with a low work life balance and a low economic offer but with greater flexibility, the latter is much preferred because the person is more motivated.


    “Flexibile” employees

    The concept of flexibility has always involved the world of work, even if its inclusion in the panorama of the soft skills required for a specific role is recent.


    On a legal level, in Italy, the term entered the scene in 1977 in the context of temporary work, referring to two people involved:

    • the person seeking employment
    • the company requiring manpower


    However, flexibility also has a negative meaning, meaning the precariousness to which many young people are exposed today, at the expense of contractual stability.


    The etymology of the term has changed over time, passing from flexibility in the hands of the employer only to an axis in which the employee , according to smart working policies, can decide where to work and how to manage your work life balance.

    Benefits for the employee

    • increase the quality of your life
    • reduce costs for any home / office travel
    • happy employee

    Advantages for the employer

    • less absenteeism in your company
    • employer branding, then attracting talent
    • 360 ° psychological well-being


    What is missing in the world of work today?


    The world of work is defined as V.U.C.A. that is:

    • Volatility
    • Uncertainty
    • Complexity
    • Ambiguity


    And the protagonists who clash on these issues are essentially two:

    • Generation Z
    • Baby Boomer , the children of the economic boom


    The former are naturally oriented towards greater flexibility, while the latter remain anchored to a type of work that excludes the work life balance.

    What is missing in the world of work today?

    1. Attention to the employee


    A motivated resource produces effectively , guaranteeing a work life balance policy, the employee feels part of a company in which he is part.

    2. Training


    In the face of a constant lack of personnel, transmitting knowledge remains the main solution. Hence the importance of always disseminating and promoting new and stimulating training contents

    3. Listening


    The employee has certain needs as well as the employer. This is why constant and bilateral comparison is essential .