A thesis presented at LIUC takes stock of corporate welfare and the necessary conditions for its implementation in small companies
Corporate welfare. This is a concept that has taken hold in the daily life of most companies, including medium and small ones. Yet the concept of applying the welfare idea to smaller production companies has yet to find a complete theoretical basis and, above all, wider and more specific application. From this point of view, it is important to understand individual companies. This is the background of Mirko Cassaro’s research, who joins the two concepts in his thesis “Corporate welfare: “Online Work-Life Balance” presented at the LIUC School of Industrial Engineering.
The research has a dual objective, on one hand, to develop the welfare theory in SMEs and, on the other, to see how it can be concretely applied in a real business situation.
After an overview of the most recent theory and rules of corporate welfare, Cassaro then tackles how the “Online Work-Life Balance” project was implemented in an SME in the Lombardy region (Redimec in Settimo Milanese). The conclusions of the research underline the positives of corporate welfare but also the various difficulties individual companies face in achieving a positive balance between profit and efficiency and corporate well-being. What clearly emerges from the work is the need to reconcile production needs with those of the people involved in the production organisation. This is something that can be achieved with the contribution of trade unions and workers, as well as the employer and management, but also with a set of rules shared and accepted by all parties, including the state.
In this relatively short work, Cassaro manages to summarise a theme as complex as that of welfare and gives a concrete snapshot of how it can be applied.
Mirko Cassaro, Thesis, Università Carlo Cattaneo – LIUC School of industrial engineering, Degree course in Management Engineering, 2019