Work SmartEmployees want flexible working
As the project manager of Swisscom's Work Smart Initiative, Bigna Salzmann designed and provided support for the first Work Smart Week.
Instead of what used to be Home Office Days, a Work Smart Week was held for the first time in 2015. Why?
It is now common to see Home Office as an Outlook entry. Smart Working is, however, much more than just an expression of place. How does digitisation influence the way we work and live? What does management and personal responsibility mean to you? The new name stands for a more detailed exploration of flexible forms of working.
What are the questions that concern companies most in relation to flexible forms of working?
Work Smart is increasingly being identified as a personal and cultural topic. The desire of employees for more flexible work models is increasing. However, at the same this creates uncertainty: how many rules are needed in everyday situations? What am I allowed to do, what is taboo? Here managers play a central role, including as a role model. We have developed a guide for managers to ensure that the balancing act between control and trust is successful.
Just forty companies subscribe to the Work Smart Charter on flexible working and, according to a new MSM study, flexible working is still an “exceptional phenomenon” for half of those companies surveyed. How can you win them over for your ideas?
We want to give further impetus for the change and demonstrate the potential using actual examples from Swiss business. Our aim is to consolidate existing knowledge and experience and make it available both for others and as a platform for questions. If anyone wants to explore the subject in greater detail, they will find information about current events on our website.