New challenges of a in-person and virtual model

On June 15th, the New challenges of an in-person and virtual model session and the awards ceremony of the Barcelona Award to the Innovative Company in Organization and Time Uses were held.

4 award-winning companies and a special mention to a company from the NUST Network (New Social Uses of Time)

The awards ceremony and the session had both in-person and virtual public. Last year’s had to be fully online due to the pandemic.

The session was led by Aina Galduf, TVE journalist, and started with an opening conference by Raquel Gil, Commissioner for Employment Promotion and Policies against Precariousness of the Barcelona City Council, and Sara Berbel, City Council manager. After that, the expert Leyre Octavio, Executive Director Arquitectura, Head of occupier Solutions Savills Aguirre Newman, imparted the conference ‘To a new work model, what we do now with our spaces?’.

Right after that, there was a dialog about the challenges of the in-person and virtual working model, the speakers were Mònica Vazquez, head of People Area at Suara Cooperativa, Laura Zapata, labour relations director in RACC and Eva Arcos, Health & Safety director at GAES. Finally, the Barcelona Award to the Innovative Company in Organization and Time Uses were given to the winners.

In this edition, 22 projects of companies and organizations were presented to opt for an award depending on the category. Raquel Gil, Commissioner for Employment Promotion and Policies against Precariousness of the Barcelona City Council, Sara Berbel, City Council manager, and Félix Ortega, director of Barcelona Activa, handed the awards to the winners. The Jury, which was formed by local administration, business and unions, academic, cooperative, and social representatives, was present in the act.

The awards were given to:

  • Espai Ambiental (companies with less than 10 workers): for the reinforcement of the care team, the maximal workweek at 35 hours and the autoregulated schedule flexibility.
  • Col·legi Oficial de Psicologia de Catalunya (companies between 10 and 50 workers): for having 20 measures over the convenant such as 100 hours less of work every year.
  • Fundació Joia (companies between 50 and 250 workers): for the work of its equality commission improving towards a better work, personal and familiar life.
  • Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial (e companies between 50 and 250 workers): for taking care of its workers by implementing emotional and physical health programs.
  • AQU Barcelona (Special Mention): for having implemented a virtual work before the pandemic.

During the award ceremony, some videos describing the winners were projected. You can re-watch them by going to the appropriate link.

To conclude the session, Félix Ortega pointed out the relation between good time management and better quality of life. The director of Barcelona Activa thanked the work of the Jury and the participant companies, also the task of those who work every day for a better time management. Ortega called to a bigger participation for next year’s edition.

For more information about the session or the awards ceremony, check out the links attached with this text.