“Inclusion, connectedness, social effect, and a focus on the individual.” Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins used these four essential phrases in his brief speech today in Venice in the newly repaired and recently inaugurated Procuratie Vecchie space in Piazza San Marco, to illustrate a project whose purpose is to “encourage the establishment of smart working workers” in the lagoon city.
“An opportunity in the global economy and in the future of work that will continually change in its eternal evolution,” said Robbins of the collaboration between the Venice Foundation and the University of Ca’Foscari.
As a result, according to Robbins, Cisco “aims to foster an inclusive future for all.” We can inspire others and contribute to the global economy in ways that have never been done before because to technology. Innovating technology can also affect the way we work. The technological side of the future of work is important, but it must also serve to develop it, as well as inclusive experiences and connectivity.”
Venywhere is a new project that aims to “provide the city and the growing number of workers from all over the world with an innovative contact and interaction tool through a specially developed platform.”
“Our People and Community team, according to Gianmatteo Manghi, CEO of Cisco Italy, was looking for a city in Italy where they could combine so-called hybrid and flexible work, in which people can choose how and where they work a significant portion of their time, with the distributed office concept. Now, sixteen young colleagues from throughout Europe are working and living this experience with increasing zeal.”
Manghi also inquired about the characteristics of future work, to which Cisco responded that “it must and can be increasingly inclusive” so that “everyone feels involved and can express their ideas, values, and skills, a fact of culture, processes, and attention,” but inclusion is a fact of culture, processes, and attention “also means “to do something that has a positive impact on the community in which we operate,” which is critical because our company’s goal is to “create an inclusive future for all” by “creating value for the communities and the economic and social world in which we operate.”
“Of course, we must accomplish outstanding economic and financial achievements,” Manghi added, “but this is not the reason why a company will be recognized in history; rather, it will be remembered for the impact it has had on the world, both social and economic.”
Another consideration is sustainability, which Manghi emphasized as “essential” because Cisco has pledged to “become a zero-emissions, or net-zero, corporation in 2025 for purposes 1 and 2, and in 2040 for purpose 3.” “We already consume exclusively renewable energy in Italy,” the CEO of Cisco Italy said, “and we collect items at the end of their life cycle free of charge, and we are able to recycle 98 percent of them.”
However, there is another type of sustainability “is more social and economic, in that it allows people in the workplace to live according to their life stage, including their professional ambitions, business objectives, productivity, and work effectiveness, while also balancing personal and family needs, such as those related to children or caregiver activities.”
“This form of harmony is really great for company, for effectiveness, and for people’s enjoyment,” Manghi observed, but “involves breaking free from some inflexible plans that pitted these two qualities against each other in previous business and organizational models. We’re increasingly engaged in conquering them in order to achieve harmony.”