In recent years, both the corporate welfare and the second level negotiation are gaining ground.
Second level negotiation
Also called decentralized negotiation, the second level negotiation complements the national collective agreement with further acquisitions. It is divided into:
- territorial negotiation, that takes place between the social parties on a given territory;
- business negotiation, which occurs in individual companies or industrial groups, between the business management, the internal union and / or the trade union.
It is precisely when we speak of corporate negotiation that the Labor Consultant comes into play.
Putting together the technical, organizational and production needs of the company, and what is provided by the law, the Labor Consultant gets in contact with the Trade Union Representatives for crafting agreements that meet the needs of the company and boost employment or stabilize the workforce. Open communication and good relations with trade unions are already the first steps to start industrial relations leading to guaranteed satisfactory results, both for the employer and the employees.
Another incentivizing system that is becoming increasingly popular is the corporate welfare, i.e. the system of non-monetary benefits aimed to improve the status of employees from an economic and social point of view. This category includes the resources intended to meet the social security and welfare needs of employees, but also goods and services available to them.
Being able to provide services to employees and optimizing business costs at the same time, is definitely a system that can bring the Italian companies at the same level as the foreign ones.
Olivetti has been a promoter of this system, and it was a great example for Italian businesses. Let’s take it as example and let’s think of corporate welfare (as well as smart working) as an incentivizing system that, if well managed, can bring interesting increases in productivity.
Then let’s not think of them as an additional cost to the company, but as an opportunity to analyze and pursue.