Every day Open Fiber employs about 9,000 people among direct employees, more than 1,700, and related industries. Their average age is 38, 33% are women. “We have a great wealth of diversity and reference nationalities: There are 16 different passports in the company,” says Ivan Rebernik, director of personnel, organization and services.
The company, which was born to build high-speed optical fiber network infrastructure across the country, has already reached 16 million real estate units, homes, offices and public administration offices, and has a 15 billion euro industrial plan, more than 1 billion investment per year. If externally he works as a ram’s head, says Rybernick, “to create conditions for connecting villages and towns, even mountainous and less densely populated”, internally he tries to exploit the network and technologies to favor a very flexible approach to work, with a project that later became structural thanks to the union agreement, which he called Fiber work, which will start on July 1st.
The whole process took place «also from the perspective of sustainability, working on the social and environmental dimension – Rebernik continues -. Our company is a highly educated company with a strong STEM career: 2 out of 3 of our employees have a university degree and 3 out of 4 are engineers. The effort we make every day is to make this organization particularly agile and nimble, because the work we do is very demanding, drains resources and a lot of intellectual capital.”
The new agreement states that “on a monthly basis, employees can work remotely for more than 50% of the working days. However, the counter is bi-monthly and this allows you to take advantage of 21 days every two months, with a maximum of 12 days per month. It’s an agreement that offers flexibility for everyone, but tries to differentiate, based on the needs of the workers and the company.” For some specific groups, such as new employees, “we decided to reduce away days to encourage them to be in the office for the first few months,” says Rebernick. “We have instead shared a system of hyper-flexibility for those who live in a state of discomfort for the health or health of a child or a parent: in these cases, telework can reach 100%,” he adds.
However, for new parents, “the Fiber service becomes a support tool, with the addition of 45 days for pregnant women and another 45 days after the birth of the child, for both parents – explains Rebernik -. And as part of a constructive dialogue with trade union organisations, we also renewed the second level agreement, introducing measures to support paternity, including an increase in the parental leave allowance.” There are also paid leaves for sick children and additional days for paternity leave, in connection with holidays provided for by law.