Career success depends, among other things, on how content an employee is outside of their working hours. Many employees want to take greater account of individual life stages and specific life situations in their working life and wish to create a more healthy balance between their professional goals and their family and private interests through more flexible working hours.
For us, it is important to support our employees with a family-friendly HR policy. Options including working hour models with varying weekly working hours and a range of part-time options as well as flexitime on trust all give employees a more flexible time frame and, in turn, greater freedom. During the COVID-19 crisis, which severely restricted social life and had a massive impact on our everyday business, extensive options for remote working were created to protect and support employees.
We also provide a family service throughout Germany to support employees in matters concerning career and children/care through advice and assistance. In 2020, 136 employees (previous year: 128) were on parental leave in the German companies (96 female employees, 40 male employees; previous year: 95 female employees, 33 male employees). In the year under review, the opportunity to be temporarily released from work, either fully or partly, to care for close relatives was taken up by one employee.