A Vodafone study in 10 countries reveals that 75% of companies have adopted smart working. A tendency that is appreciated by employees and seems to produce excellent results in economic terms, even if there is still some diffidence.
The slow assertion of smart working
Smart working has been around for some years. The basic idea is to exploit the potential of ICT in order to take advantage of flexible working, which allows employees to work without necessarily going into the office. It is the result of an increasingly “intangible” concept of work, which has had mixed fortunes.
However, a study carried out by Vodafone seems to show that smart working has won over its detractors. The survey, consisting of 8,000 interviews with employees in 10 countries, showed that 75% of companies now have a flexible working policy. And the effects, at least as perceived by the interested parties, are positive: according to 83% smart working has led to an increase in productivity, for 58% it has improved the reputation of the company and for 61% profits have increased.
This acceleration has been made possible by the advent of the latest generation of networks. In fact, 24% of respondents stated that they use 3G mobile services to work remotely, 18% use 4G, while 61% connect with the broadband at home.
The last vestiges of resistance
The Vodafone study also looks into the reasons why 25 percent of companies do not yet have a flexible working policy. According to employees there are a number of reasons: for 33% it is a question of culture, for 30% it is a way of avoiding conflicts among workers. In general, there is a fear of managing employees who work less (according to 22% of the sample) or of an uneven distribution of the workload in the various offices (25%).