The opinion and experience of architect Carlo De Angelis of Dec, specialized in the design of smart working offices

Carlo De Angelis, architect and founder of Dec, Milan

Carlo De Angelis, architect and founder of DEC, company specialized in the design of turnkey offices paying particular attention to smart working, has precise opinions on this theme, resulting from his experience in the field. According to the professional, the Italian delay derives from a number of reasons: it is commonly believed that ‘smart working’ means working like before but at home (or, in more technical terms, remotely), while agile work entails a deep transformation of working methods. Unfortunately, the habit of controlling employees instead of trusting them still prevails. As a matter of fact, SMEs, large companies and public administration are lagging behind, as they are not involved in the working innovation at all or they are only partially. According to De Angelis, the management should be the first to change approach; moreover, specific university courses should be established.

Grafico dall’indagine sullo Smart Working dell’Osservatorio del Politecnico di Milano

In Italy Law 81/2017 defines and protects smart working, but “it is not widespread and applied in our country – continues De Angelis – as shown by the data published by Osservatorio Smart Working of Politecnico di Milano that highlight that, out of 206 large companies surveyed, only 36% have already launched structured initiatives, while 9% plan to introduce them and only 6% have decided to reorganize the spaces.”

Una sala meeting stimolante tra giochi di colori e forme

“Smart working, on the contrary, means putting the employees at the center of the organization, making them independent and flexible in terms of spaces, timetables and tools. Empowering employees leads to better performance and work life balance. For the companies this also translates into an increase in competitiveness and productivity.”

For architect De Angelis it is necessary to “Create open-plan spaces to enhance workspaces in a more functional way, implementing digital technologies, adopting the concept of ‘nomad’ and shared desks.”

Executive meeting room equipped for smart working

Change is scary – concludes Carlo De Angelis – and it is always difficult to adapt to work-related changes, especially for companies with a background consolidated over time.” But, at the same time, the architect who created Dec (which has BNL – BNP Paribas Group, Roma Tre – Università degli Studi, Green Network and many others among its clients) knows that this is an unavoidable change. [LB]