In our offices and facilities, along with the development of innovative and smart environments, these values are fundamental for enabling our people to express themselves in the best possible way.
In fact, A2A Group recognises the role played by its human resources as the focus and hallmark of its entire business strategy, and has defined a development plan aimed at enhancing quality and skills, based on selection, training, management and remuneration systems. On 31 December 2017, the Group had a total of 11,416 employees. Compared to 2016, the number of employees has increased by 17% due to both new hires and the acquisition of companies in 2016 (LGH Group, Rieco-Resmal Group, La BI.CO DUE Srl and Consul System SpA) and consolidated in non-financial reports starting from 2017.
The protection of health and safety at work is a priority for A2A Group: every employee has the right to a workplace and to carry out activities that do not put their health at risk, but also the obligation to actively participate in the training, to comply with instructions for carrying out activities, including the use of protective equipment, and to observe all current regulations.
In 2016, we launched the pilot project, smartWorking-A2A: around 250 people worked from home or from a location other than their own office once a week and, in 2018, it was extended to a total of around 800 employees.
Smart working is a tool that helps improve flexibility and the quality of work and that simultaneously offers a solution to important economic and social needs, reconciling people’s needs with those of the company, saving time, money and environmental sustainability.
We believe in the value of diversity through identifying and overcoming any stereotype related to gender, age, disability, ethnicity, belief and sexual orientation. As required by current legislation, A2A guarantees the right to work for disabled people, whose number within the Group at the end of the 2017 financial year stood at 506, 24% of whom are women. In terms of the work-life balance, the Group also meets the needs of employees, having granted 324 part-time contracts in 2017 (3% of total employees), 88% of which were to women. In addition, 335 cases of parental leave were agreed, 33% more than in 2016. 91% of people who were granted leave returned to work in 2017. The offer includes many services offered to employees:
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|Work-life balance services||Mobility services: discounted rates for employees were also applied in 2017, for the purchase of local public transport season tickets; 974 season tickets were activated.|
|Smart Working: Work at A2A is getting smarter. Since 2016, thanks to a pilot project that has involved approximately 250 employees, it has been able to test the effectiveness of smart working in the field, innovative ways of working that, for one day a week, helped employees who participated to work from home.
This first phase of the Smart Working project has been successfully completed and is very popular with the workers involved: about 5,000 days were worked in a "smart" way, with an rating of 9.2 on a scale from 1 to 10 by the participants, who declared their willingness to continue with this way of working in 99% of cases. A2A's "smart workers" saved about 32 hours and 1,100 km per person over one year and, thanks to the absence of travel, the overall emission of around 11 tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere was avoided.
Smart working is a tool that helps improve flexibility and the quality of work and that simultaneously offers a solution to important economic and social needs, people’s needs with those of the company, saving time and money and environmental sustainability ”.
Thanks to these important results, A2A decided to expand the project, sharing Smart Working with trade union representatives and tripling the number of people involved: by the end of the year there will be 800 people involved. Over the coming months the assessments and research will continue in order to further expand the perimeter of the individuals involved.
|Company nursery and preschool: at the Lamarmora headquarters in Brescia, 22 children of registered employees were enrolled in 2017.|
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Social and psychological assistance service: present in 14 A2A Group offices. In 2017, the service involved 3,037 employees.
In line with previous years, A2A is implementing actions in favour of the gender equality within the company.