Last 14th of April, in Rome, I attended the “The corporate welfare between contract and market” and with pleasure I noticed how far the discussion about corporate welfare in Italy went.
Very interesting, in order to understand the needs and expectations of Italian workers, was the intervention of prof. Paolo Feltrin, Professor of Political and Social Sciences at the University of Trieste, that data in hand, has shown that the interest of employees is now focused on early childhood services, supplementary health care and facilitations in studying, without forgetting the flexibility of working hours and the practices to balance the work-life experience. Welfare services for the care of the person and the family, together, cover half of the demand within the Italian companies.
The other speeches of the conference, including that of Paolo Baretta, undersecretary of the Ministry of Economy, and the one of Tiziano Treu, former Minister of Labour, have addressed the issue of the opportunities arising from the regulation of the private welfare sector, also in the direction of a renewal of the “status” of collective bargaining and labor relations.
The need of companies welfare in Italy is increasingly evident, even more when it comes to SME (PMI), often unable to invest in the welfare of its employees due to lack of internal structure or to the high support costs of welfare policies. But something has changed, and now there is a commitment from the government to draw a line of development of the “second welfare” in Italy.
A commitment that exists alongside that of companies in the sector, as our Welfare Company, which is specialized in corporate welfare solutions 2.0, which created the conditions to allow companies’ employees to choose, online and in complete autonomy, services more congenial to their needs: services that, for example, can be used by mothers to pay the caregiver, the babysitter or the kindergarten for their child or even the home care for the elderly.
In short, the focus on the corporate welfare from the political, trade union and business combined with the event of last Thursday, leaves a foreshadow for a new course made of incentives for investment, which in Italy are still too scarce if compared to those of private companies in other European countries.