What is smart working? How does smart working work? What are the risks of smart working? The pandemic from Coronavirus Covid-19 has led to the spread of smart working also in our country. An Anglo-Saxon jargon (one of the many, in fact, introduced in the already Englishized Italian language in this period) to indicate the work done remotely. Alias, from home. At the PC, on the phone, or doing artisanal work previously carried out in the shops.
For some, smart working is already the norm. Type for columnists, copywriters, graphic designers, call center operators who download software remotely. Or those who have material delivered at home to create objects to then take to shops. Or those who create various cakes and sweets to sell on their own. Or those who dabble in creative arts, such as making bracelets, earrings, paintings, or camouflage. And so on.
Now, however, given the impossibility of working in the office with many employees gathered in a closed place, companies are also adapting to smart working.
The two ways of working are easily confused. But the substantial difference is that while smart working involves carrying out work without the physical presence of the employee in the office in charge – but without specifying the place and times to be respected – teleworking concerns a way of working at a distance but in a fixed and fixed location. pre-established. As well as at certain times.
After all, with modern mobile devices, we can do our work literally wherever we are physical. While telework, conceived in the 90s, he thought of it as a practically uniquely homely modality.
Smart working How It Works
How does smart working work? In practice, the employer commissions a task without there being particular limits of hours per day. But by setting a final delivery date at most.
There is not even a minimum presence on-site, as is the case for teleworking. Therefore, a lot of flexibility, which leaves the employee maximum freedom to organize their work. Which has advantages, of course, but also risks.
Smart Working Advantages
What are the advantages of smart working? Obviously, first and foremost, the freedom to do your job whenever you want during the day. And according to your personal or family comforts or needs.
The employer only cares that the commissioned work is done as soon as possible or on the set date. However, the advantages obviously also concern the employer. Which sees zero sick leave and a potential increase in productivity. Since there are no time limits or breaks to respect. The worker can spread the task for multiple hours of the day. Maybe working more comfortably and relaxed.
Smart Working Risks
What are the risks of smart working? Of course, there are also risks. And not all to the detriment of the employee.
The latter, in fact, risks working more, as, especially in the early periods, he may not be able to know how to organize the work. So he spends the whole day in front of a screen or doing his manual work.
Smart working risks blurring the borderline between time to devote to work and free time. Ending up having a constant worry about finishing work and dedicating time to it even in the evening, at night, or on holidays. Who becomes the same as the others and therefore work.
Class consciousness and solidarity between colleagues are then lost. Since everyone works in different locations. At most, you can feel through professional and non-professional applications (think of Slake, WhatsApp, Skype, etc.) but it is not the same as being physically together in one place.
In short, the phenomenon of alienation already identified by Karl Marx in the mid-19th century when the assembly line was born is re-proposed. Which presupposed the separation of the workers in different jobs on the conveyor belt.