The basic tenets of organisational welfare in a condensed series of studies and research projects
Organisation and business penetrate the lives of the people working in them for a large part of the year. This simple, ostensibly banal, statement is actually quite important because it points to how the organisation of production influences the lives of the people engaged within it. Indeed, it is from this core of thought that the complex theme of organisational welfare emerged. A culture within business culture, organisational welfare is now one of the defining activities of the image and content of business and managerial practice.
The journal entitled, “Organisational welfare. From theory to practice” , by several contributors and published by the Milan Order of Chartered Accountants and Auditors, is the perfect tool for understanding the issue better.
The underlying sense of the collection of research projects and in-depth studies presented in the journal emerges immediately from one of the passages in the presentation: “Businesses have an enormous influence on the social and psychological lives of the people who work in them, so big that numbers are no longer enough.”
Subsequent contributions all follow this lead. Starting from the story of organisational welfare and moving on to look in more detail at connections between the state and welfare, and therefore of statutory regulations. The second part of the journal then looks at the principles and methods to build a welfare plan that is both functional and efficient, starting from an understanding of workers’ actual needs and ending with tools to measure the success or failure of everything the organisation has done for the welfare of its workers.
“Organisational welfare. From theory to practice” has one fantastic thing about it: in just over one hundred pages, it sums up the key things we need to know about welfare without wasting time in conjectures which could distract from the main objective. The treatise is completed with a presentation of case studies on Luxottica and Ferrera.
The theme which emerges is an interesting but fascinating one for business leaders and managers, something which qualifies organisations and all their constituent parts and which must undoubtedly be tackled with an open mind and a brave heart. The journal ends on a beautiful note, with a consideration that is also a statement of fact: “Evolution has taken place, and it was exceptionally quick.”
Il welfare aziendale. Dalla teoria alla pratica [Organisational welfare. From theory to practice.]
I Quaderni, Fondazione Dottori Commercialisti di Milano, 2017