More and more smart working, in Italy almost 3.6 million work remotely

Data from the Milan Polytechnic Observatory. Those who can move house and leave the city

Smart working continues to grow in Italy. Currently, 3.585 million workers benefit from it (in 2022 there were 3.570 million), 541% more than in the pre-Covid period. Practically all large companies plan to maintain smart working even in the future, only 6% declare themselves uncertain. Forecasts for 2024 estimate that smart workers in Italy will be 3.65 million. This is what emerges from the 2023 data from the Smart Working Observatory of the Polytechnic University of Milan with the support of Urbnx, a marketplace for finding locations in which to work remotely. And those who no longer need to go to the office often also move out of town.

Escape from the city

With the ability to work remotely, 1 worker in 7 has changed home, preferring to go outside the city, moving to quieter areas where they can aspire to a better balance between life and work, emerges from the research. However, it is confirmed that it is only the ‘true’ smart workers, i.e. those who, in addition to working remotely, have flexible schedules and work towards objectives, who present higher levels of well-being and engagement than traditional in-person workers.

Technostress lurking

‘True’ smart workers, however, are more frequently victims of forms of technostress and overworking. This is where a service like Urbnx can make the difference, allowing the worker to choose whether to work from home or book a location for a few hours or the whole day, taking advantage of perhaps more suitable spaces, immersing themselves in the beauty of a historic villa or a design hotel, seeking tranquility or inspiration and networking depending on work needs, differentiating working time from time at home.