Current and possible futures of the new forms of corporate work
Working from home. This is the situation now facing many companies, beyond the emergency caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. A way of working that is also a sign of a change in the culture of work and production, and one that still needs to be fully understood and digested. To do this, we need tools that are able to first help us to better understand, and then to manage effectively, and this is something that has yet to be fully developed.
This is what “Agile, smart, da casa. I nuovi mondi del lavoro” (Agile, remote, from home. The new worlds of work) aims to do. It was jointly authored by Luca Solari (full professor at the University of Milan) and Francesco Rotondi (lawyer, employment law specialist and professor at LIUC-Carlo Cattaneo University). The book aims to offer an understanding of the organisational model that uses remote working as performance method for the employee. In particular, the two authors try to overcome the idea of remote working as an emergency solution, as seen in recent years.
The text is divided into two parts. The first discusses organisational needs in relation to a new culture based on the relationship between performance and time. There is a particular focus on some operational ideas on how to apply true remote working under different business conditions. The second part looks at the legislative process regulating the various issues related to agile work, underlining the need for legislative intervention able to remodel the employment contract.
However, above all, what emerges from Solari and Rotondi’s book is the need – and it is almost of an obligatory nature – for cultural change in understanding the work of business, which also requires a new discussion of the very principles of the relationships between business and work.
Agile, smart, da casa. I nuovi mondi del lavoro
Luca Solari, Francesco Rotondi
Franco Angeli. 2021