Research DIRCOM AlpSatellites: coworking regulations in Italy, Austria and France

Drawing up guidelines for decision-makers when launching teleworking and coworking activities in mountain areas means knowing the regulatory context in which they will be operating, and proposing any necessary adjustments. This is the aim of deliverable 1.4.2, developed as part of the AlpSatellites project. It is devoted to the legislative framework for remote working in Italy, France and Austria. Here’s what emerged from the deliverable’s analysis.

Key findings

Initial resistance to remote working, stemming from a traditional managerial culture, evolved as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Italy, like other countries, witnessed an unprecedented experience of remote working during the pandemic, leading to a reassessment of its role after the emergency.

Paradigm shift

As we emerge from the state of emergency, the question arises: will remote working become the norm? This calls for a paradigm shift, requiring organizational structures that are project-centric and adaptable to different phases and cycles.

Rights and protection

Challenges persist. Workers outside company premises must enjoy the same rights, but it is essential to recognize the unique circumstances of remote working. Protective measures, such as the right to disconnect, are imperative to meet the specific needs of remote workers.

Looking to the future

As we navigate this changing landscape, the AlpSatellites project underlines the importance of fair treatment, non-discrimination and appropriate protections to ensure the sustainable and equitable integration of remote working into our working culture.

For more information, see the working document.