Office desks have been empty and dusty since the beginning of the pandemic. In fact, almost all Italian workers find themselves having to work from home via a computer. Smart working has become the daily bread for those seeking to keep what remains of the Bel Paese’s economy intact. But how did the Italian people relate to this new working method?
THE FIRST TIME
Most workers had never had to deal with work from home and video conferencing on meet until that fateful month of March 2020. From that moment on, smart working has come to our rescue by allowing us to get around. social obstacles posed by the pandemic. At first, the lack of equipment and inexperience played against us Italians, who are more backward in this field than in other European countries. After, however, having understood the working mechanisms and having improved their computer skills, most of the employees were able to work while sitting in the living room of their own home without too much difficulty. Overall, despite the virus having caught us unprepared, we proved to be up to the situation by overcoming social distance with skype calls, emails and phone calls.
DOUBLE EDGED WEAPON?
Not having fixed hours, points of reference, is it good or bad for a worker? It goes without saying that with this working method there are no longer any constraints linked to timetables. There are several pros: mothers who previously could not accompany their children to school can now afford it, the duration of the lunch break which in the past was the same for everyone now can vary according to the needs of the worker being done at any time and so on. But it also has drawbacks because the lack of limits, at times, leads workers to modify and double-check their material at unsuitable times. Continuing to talk about time, commuter workers, thanks to this mode, save many minutes that previously they wasted waiting for trains or buses, which then can invest in more profitable activities.
Small moments such as a coffee break, a chat with a colleague are now just memories. They seem, in fact, banalities but it is those small details that make work enjoyable by changing the quality of the day. It is true that we work with greater intensity, but often to the detriment of the worker’s serenity. Going to work looking at some shop window, delighting in your reflection on it, only when you are dressed well, or going to the hairdresser for a hairdo during lunch break are rituals that create a now lost but longed for normality. Because in the end, the time you spend waiting for the train is relative if, as my aunt says, during your lunch break you have the opportunity to enjoy a slice of white Roman pizza with mortadella taken to Termini.