Milan holds third Teleworking Day

18 Feb. Staff encouraged to work from home.

Milan city hall has announced a third Giornata del Lavoro Agile or Teleworking Day, on Thursday 18 February, when employers in the city and its hinterland are encouraged to experiment with letting their staff work from home.

The municipality decided to repeat the experience after the success of the previous editions and growing interest in the issue, and aims to double the participation reached with the 2015 day, said councillor Chiara Bisconti.

On the first occasion in 2014, some 5,000 workers took part, while last year the number rose to around 8,000. This year the target is to involve over 200 organisations and companies across the whole metropolitan area and beyond.

Telecommuting is a help in responding to a number of today’s new workplace issues,” added Bisconti, “and it reaches a compromise with people’s needs.”

The experiment in Milan also played a decisive part in drafting a national law,” Bisconti said.

Around 40 per cent of the offices taking part in the previous two days were experimenting with telework for the first time. Companies of all sizes and sectors were involved.

Workers experimented with their office hours, or worked from home or from a branch of the company or organisation distant from their usual workplace. They saved a mean of two hours a day normally spent travelling, and dedicated this time to their household or family activities.

Taking part in the experiment saved using a car for part of their commute for over 60 per cent, and for their whole commute for around 40 per cent of participating workers. The organisers in city hall calculated that the 2014 edition saved some 150,000 km of motorised travel, rising to 170,000 in 2015, reducing the CO2 polluting the atmosphere by over 30 tons each time.

Companies and organisations interested in taking part can find the details on the municipal website.