Audit

After renewed audits of its services, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin was again awarded the certificate 'family-friendly employer' (audit familiengerechte hochschule®) and the certificate 'family-friendly university' (audit berufundfamilie®).

 

Award ceremony: Oliver Schmitz, berufundfamilie service GmbH; Sabine Barleben, Charité project management Audit career and family; Astrid Lurati, Hospital Director; John-Philip Hammersen, charitable Hertie Foundation (left to right), Photo: Charité

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Balancing work/study and family life

Our staff and students produce outstanding work. Being able to find a balance between work/study and family life is of crucial importance to all staff and students with long-term caring responsibilities - whether they are caring for children or other relatives. Aware of the importance of a healthy work-life balance, the Executive Board embarked on a new path in 2007, which is aimed at becoming a more family-friendly organization. By doing so, the Executive board committed the organization to reauditing as part of the 'family-friendly employer' and a 'family-friendly university' audits.

In June 2017, CharitéUniversitätsmedizin Berlin was again awarded the certificate 'family-friendly university' (audit familiengerechte hochschule® and audit berufundfamilie®).

Balancing work/study and family life

Having been awarded its first certification in 2007...

...CharitéUniversitätsmedizin Berlin is committed to introducing processes and services aimed at achieving a better balance of work/study and family life. Prior to its third reauditing process, Charité and berufundfamilie GmbH will be holding a joint event bringing together the project leaders of similar university-based audit projects from across Germany. The event will give project leaders the opportunity to shape the processes and procedures of future 'family-friendly university' audits.

As part of its preparation for reauditing in 2017, Charité is determined to continue implementing measures aimed at supporting members of staff and students. These include:

  • Providing support to staff planning to return to work following parental leave
  • Expanding and improving childcare options
  • Introducing events and advice for staff who care for a relative
  • Developing an 'honorary grandparents' scheme (Patengroßelternprojekt)
  • Developing an effective strategy for communicating best practice examples
  • Introducing emergency childcare services for students with children
  • Improving the scope of, and access to, flexible working arrangements

As part of its preparation for reauditing in 2017, Charité is determined to continue implementing measures aimed at supporting members of staff and students. These include:

  • Providing support to staff planning to return to work following parental leave
  • Expanding and improving childcare options
  • Introducing events and advice for staff who care for a relative
  • Developing an 'honorary grandparents' scheme (Patengroßelternprojekt)
  • Developing an effective strategy for communicating best practice examples
  • Introducing emergency childcare services for students with children
  • Improving the scope of, and access to, flexible working arrangements


The reauditing process will be overseen by a Steering Committee, which will review the prioritization, coordination, and implementation of all agreed measures. The Steering Committee will meet throughout the reauditing process to discuss which implementation steps are necessary.

Members of the Steering Committee

  • Fr. Astrid Lurati / Hospital Director (chairwoman "family friendliness at Charité")
  • Hr. Dr. Magnus Rüde / Supervisory Board Headquarters (head of the topic "family friendliness")
  • Sabine Barleben / Family-friendly Charité Coordinating Office
  • Dr. Christine Brand / Chair of the Full Staff Committee at Charité
  • Judith Heepe / Director of Nursing
  • Dr. Jan-Steffen Jürgensen / Chair of the Advisory Board
  • Prof. Dr. Pries / Dean
  • Heidrun Resag / Mediator
  • Christof-Martin Schmitt / Head of Legal Services
  • Jens Steinbrink / Head of Corporate Development

Aim of reauditing

By committing to the reauditing process, Charité is honoring its 2007 pledge to strive for a more family-friendly work environment for its staff. Through an awareness-raising campaign and the implementation of concrete measures, Charité aims to achieve a shift in culture regarding the need for, and communication of, family-friendly options for staff and students.  In this respect, the term 'family' is defined as encompassing all parents/carers or single parents/carers with children (biological or non-biological), as well as all staff and students with caring responsibilities for adult dependents. Aside from measures aimed at improving the availability of flexible working arrangements and access to childcare facilities, the next three years will also see the newly-launched Office of Family Affairs embark on a comprehensive information and communication campaign which is aimed at raising awareness of the principles of family-friendly management. As one of the largest university hospitals in Europe, Charité is committed to maintaining its position as a role model for family-friendly practices.