30.06.2020

Charité awarded for family friendliness

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„audit familiengerechte hochschule“ and „audit berufundfamilie“ presented

Dean Prof. Dr. Axel R. Pries, CIO Prof. Dr. Heyo K. Kroemer, Sabine Barleben, Nursind Director Judith Heepe, Astrid Lurati, Board Member Health Care Prof. Dr. Ulrich Frei and Head of the Executive Board Dr. Magnus Rüde (from left to right), photo: Charité
Dean Prof. Dr. Axel R. Pries, CIO Prof. Dr. Heyo K. Kroemer, Sabine Barleben, Nursind Director Judith Heepe, Astrid Lurati, Board Member Health Care Prof. Dr. Ulrich Frei and Head of the Executive Board Dr. Magnus Rüde (from left to right), photo: Charité

Once again the Charité has been awarded the certificates "audit familiengerechte hochschule“ and "audit berufundfamilie“ for its sustained commitment to reconciling work and family. The certificate was presented to university medicine for the fifth time in a row. Due to the corona pandemic, the certificates were issued on 15 June in the presence of Federal Minister of Family Affairs Dr. Franziska Giffey officially presented for the first time online.

The Covid 19 pandemic makes it clear how important a family policy that is conscious of family and life phases is. Many employees and students need and want more time for their families. "The compatibility of work and family is an extremely important issue for the Charité," emphasizes Astrid Lurati, Chief Financial and Infrastructure Officer. “Employees and students face major challenges if they want to master the daily balancing act between work and family. The Charité supports them with offers that help ensure better compatibility. This allows employees and students to concentrate better on their work and studies, ”she adds.

The Charité is now rewarded in the dialogue process with a certificate with a permanent character. Key elements of the new action program will be, for example, the definition of a strategy for “family-conscious leadership at the Charité”. In addition, the development of guidelines for action is being promoted that demonstrate the firm will of the Charité leadership towards a lived, family-conscious culture.

At the Charité there are already many good examples of combining work or study and family. The constant expansion of a wide range of childcare options is strengthened through cooperation with daycare centers and external service providers; the family-friendly infrastructure expanded by additional parent-child rooms at the locations. The range of advisory services for employees who care for relatives is also being continuously expanded. Flexible working time models, job sharing and approaches to mobile working are the focus of the constant compatibility development.

"Since mid-March, we have been offering free child emergency care to the three bed-leading campus for all those who cannot or can only insufficiently guarantee the care of their children due to the measures in the corona pandemic," explains Sabine Barleben, head of the Office of Family Affairs. “With our service, we want to provide the best possible support for employees in reconciling work and family. We will continue to expand this offer in line with requirements over the next few years, ”she adds.

For the first time in 2007, the Charité was awarded the "audit familiengerechte hochschule“ and "audit berufundfamilie“ quality seals. This makes it one of the pioneers for a family-friendly personnel policy in Germany. The certificate has been awarded by berufundfamilie gGmbH since 1999. It is under the patronage of the Federal Ministry for Family, Seniors, Women and Youth and the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.

 

 



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