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An investment that is worth it

Zwei Hände halten einen Papierscherenschnitt, der eine Familie (Tochter, Vater, Mutter, Sohn) darstellt


The IAB supports sustainable, family-friendly personnel policy and, for this, has been awarded the certificate "audit berufundfamilie".


Zertifikat zum  "audit berufundfamilie"

The compatibility of work and family: For parents - and especially for mothers – this above all means the difficult balance between bringing up children and adhering to business schedules. People who take on the care of a dependent relation also find themselves faced with the challenge of reconciling family with career duties. By now, more and more employers have recognised the importance of respecting family needs and the different phases of life and offer their staff support – so too the Institute for Employment Research (IAB) in Nuremberg.

In 2009, the IAB was certified as a family-friendly institution within the framework of the "berufundfamilie" audit. In 2012, the IAB took part in the re-auditing as well as the re-auditing "Consolidation" in 2015. After the successful completion of the dialogue process in October 2018, the IAB's long-standing commitment to personnel policy which respects both family needs and the various different phases of life was re-certified. The certificate is now permanent. 

Being family-friendly pays off

A personnel policy actively geared towards the family and at the same time supportive of the organisation is a plus for everyone: Family-friendly working conditions improve motivation and job satisfaction, increase the willingness to work, and reduce stress levels and staff absences. In the competition for the brightest minds, the certificate "berufundfamilie" also offers advantages when it comes to binding qualified staff to the Institute and recruiting qualified young people.

During the first audit in 2009, which took place on the initiative of the Personnel Department in cooperation with the IAB's Equal Opportunities Officer, the Institute already had a wide spectrum of family-friendly working conditions, such as flexible working time without core time, individual working-time models, mobile and alternating teleworking, and a room for parents and children.

The IAB offers a great variety of options

Over the last six years, the IAB has undertaken further steps to support its employees in respect to the compatibility of career and a family – for example through longer durations of contracts and the structured process surrounding maternity leave, parental leave as well as reintegration into work. What is more, there are diverse and individual possibilities of distributing working time. In addition – in cooperation with other offices of the Central Administration of the Federal Employment Agency (BA) – the IAB offers a variety of childcare options that suit individual needs. These include Children and Care (Kinder und Pflege), a service of the Organisation, along with care during holidays, and a quota of kindergarten and day-care places.

The IAB has used the renewed re-auditing process to develop appropriate approaches that can contribute to maintaining the positive attitude at the Institute towards the topic of "Career and the Family" and support its employees further in achieving their personal compatibility of work and family life.



"berufundfamilie" (workandfamily)

The berufundfamilie gGmbH was set up in 1998 by the Hertie Foundation, a non-profit organisation. In essence what it offers to all private companies and public institutions is the "audit berufundfamilie" (workandfamily audit), as well as the "audit familiengerechte hochschule" (family-friendly university audit) for technical colleges and universities. Both see themselves as strategic marketing instruments that provide customised, profitable solutions in support of the better compatibility of work and family life. Currently, the berufundfamilie gGmbH counts a total of around 1,000 certificate-holders from the economy, research and public administration among its clients. The "berufundfamilie" audit is run under the auspices of the Federal Minister for Family Affairs and the Federal Minister for Economic Affairs. It is supported by the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth with means from the European Social Fund and is recommended by the central associations of German industry – the Federation of German Industries, the German Employers' Association, the German Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and the German Confederation of Skilled Crafts.