We set great store by enabling our employees to strike a balance between their professional and private life and therefore offer a range of opportunities that promote a healthy work-life balance. Our measures encompass part-time and teleworking models that can be individually tailored, the design of which far surpasses what is legally required, as well as flexible working-time arrangements. In addition, our Human Resources Management division advises employees who are interested in the opportunities for greater employment flexibility. This flexibility at the workplace can make it easier to organise everyday life in phases such as starting a family, caring for relatives or preparing for the end of one's professional career, e.g. through partial retirement arrangements. At the Hannover location 322 members of staff are working part-time according to around 70 different, very individual part-time models which vary in terms of weekly working hours and how they are spread across the days of the week. In addition, 528 employees have a teleworking position. A variety of part-time working models are also offered at our locations abroad, and teleworking opportunities are available.
|Number of employees engaged in part-time working and teleworking at the Hannover location|
We attach special importance to a family-friendly approach. Among other measures, we operate our own company daycare centre "ReKids" at the Hannover location, offering altogether a good 30 places for all-day care of infants (up to the age of three). As part of our Sustainability Strategy we regularly review the need to expand the care made available to employees' children at the kindergarten. No additional places were needed in 2018.
With a view to facilitating re-entry for employees who are currently on or are just returning from parental leave, we encourage our executives to actively maintain contacts with our staff members on parental leave, e.g. by inviting them to attend further training activities or in-house events. On a Group-wide basis, 202 employees of our company were on parental leave in the year under review, thereof 68 men and 134 women. 72 employees returned to work from their parental leave in 2018, thereof 26 men and 46 women. 69 employees who returned from their parental leave in 2017 were still with our company twelve months later (25 men, 44 women).
|Number of employees on parental leave|
|On parental leave||202||216||152||168||119|