Poste Italiane provide staff with modern, flexible working tools and models that respond to specific personal needs and ensure work-life balance (e.g. agile working initiatives, improved maternity and paternity arrangements, the provision of benefits in the field of healthcare, etc.).
From 2018, the programme was also extended to fathers.
The initiative is part of a broader framework of cultural awareness actions regarding the importance of the presence of women in the workforce and support for active parenting, accompanied by the dissemination and communication of good business practices aimed at supporting women’s leadership.
Registration to MAAM is aimed at both women who take maternity leave and newly parents (mothers and fathers) of children aged from 0 to 3 years, as well as managers whose staff members are involved in the initiative. Voluntary registration is envisaged for the MAAM digital programme and the MAAM manager platform, which provides for direct communication between managers and staff on maternity leave, in order to facilitate an effective return to work.
The programme is also supported by a community of participants who share experiences, emotions and reflections on the process of returning to work and motherhood. MAAM is designed to help share a cultural model at all levels which is geared towards the inclusion of women in the workplace, and encouraging active parenting for both parents.
Employees’ children who are disabled also benefit from 15-day residential holidays, with a dedicated assistant provided for each child. The cost is fully borne by the Company, and families accompanying children are offered packages at reduced rates. In response to the growing demand from employees for flexibility and work-life balance, a teleworking service is available.
This is aimed at people with objective care needs for themselves or their families (e.g. pre- and post-natal periods; resumption of service after a long illness, injury or leave; disabled people; employees who need to care for elderly parents or children). Employees taking advantage of teleworking may choose to work from home, whilst guaranteeing their presence at the Company one or more times per week.
In addition, employees and their families have access to special agreements and conditions regarding products and services. Welfare payments are also provided to support employees with special needs, arising from serious personal and/or family situations or from serious natural disasters.
In line with the Company’s objective of ensuring work-life balance and promoting the social values of aggregation and inclusion, Poste Italiane is committed to creating opportunities for practising sport, as a key tool for strengthening relationships. With this in mind, the Company has decided to set up its own national football team, as a starting point for promoting sports values among its employees.
Regarding supplementary pension contributions, the Company contributes to the financing of Fondoposte for non-managerial staff, and to the PREVINDAI Supplementary Pension Fund for managers, so that pension benefits supplementary to the Compulsory Pension may be recognised. In addition, once again in 2018 the Group provided awareness-raising activities relating to prevention and appropriate lifestyle issues, combined with the provision of specialist services free of charge or at favourable rates at the Company’s headquarters, all of which are part of the Health Plan project.
As a natural partner of the Public Sector in the development of services for citizens, the Company also continues to participate in “Work experience champions”, a Ministry of Education, Universities and Research project involving large Italian and multinational companies. The Company has signed a special protocol regarding this matter with the Ministry of Education, Universities and Research, identifying seven work experience paths, grouped into five areas (retail customers and large enterprises marketing, logistics and delivery, management functions, financial education, and customer experience), which enable secondary school students to learn about the postal world and the key business processes.
By virtue of the tax and social security benefits provided for by current legislation, transfer of such amounts will be tax-free for employees.
An IT platform will be used to implement the initiative, via which employees will be able to substitute their performance-related bonus with welfare goods and services.
In line with the corporate strategies relating to paying increasing attention to motivation and organisational atmosphere aspects, the aim of the welfare project is to enhance personal and family wellbeing, enable staff to access a wide range of customisable services, and strengthen safeguards that supplement public welfare (e.g. welfare, healthcare, education, children’s education, support for vulnerable people and assistance), and, in general, to enhance purchasing power thanks to the tax and social security opportunities provided for by law.
The value of the Company welfare platform lies in being able to manage the various generational needs of the workforce in an integrated way, monitoring their level of satisfaction and recruitment, creating forms of continuous, multi-channel and user-friendly interaction, and having a personalised welfare “portfolio” in line with differing lifestyles. The platform will be implemented by applying of all Poste Italiane Group’s expertise and technological assets.