For many families the compatibility of family and job is still a challenge. Thus family-friendly measures in companies have to be achieved.
The initiative ‘Bündnis für Familie’ (‘Alliance for Family’) was set by the Department for Family Affairs of Upper Austria, offering with its advice and support a service which aims to encourage companies to take family-friendly measures for customers as well as for employees. The Department for Family Affairs has an active role as it suggests concrete ideas to companies and works out measures and projects in counselling interviews together with the companies. Through counselling interviews with companies about family-friendly measures, outstanding projects and partnerships have been initiated.
Companies would benefit in many ways by taking up a family-friendly approach, such as more motivated and healthy personnel, less absence from work as well as a positive family-friendly image. Flexible working hours, education for parents and different types of child care are such possibilities. In principle, a lot of companies are willing to take familyfriendly steps, but do not know how to take them or which ones to take. The leaflet ‘Erfolgsfaktor Familienorientierung - Leitfaden für Unternehmen’ (‘Family-Friendly Measures as a Factor of Success - A Guide for Companies’), published by the Department for Family Affairs of Upper Austria, supports companies in developing models to make family and job compatible. The leaflet includes plenty of successful ideas, helpful suggestions and solutions and enables other companies to learn from the best (like benchmarking).
Within the initiative ‘Bündnis für Familie’ and through all the talks with companies, a lot of ideas were set, such as family-friendly measures for employees. These include summer kindergarten cross-company borders, crèches, kindergarten in the company, teleworking, job-sharing and a day called ‘Mom and Dad at work’ where children got to know the workplace of their parents. Furthermore, customer-oriented measures were set, e.g. parking lots for families, ‘Fathers’ campaign [a project encouraging men to become conscious of their relationship with their children], ONE - cost control of mobile phones, the marking of nonviolent computer games and a menu for children free of charge. Now the Department is working on a leaflet containing customer-oriented measures, which should motivate and encourage companies in Upper Austria.
|Award category:||partnership working|
|Sector:||Public administration, modernisation, institutional affairs, reform|
|Type of activity:||cooperation|
|Keywords:||Family friendliness, working conditions|
|Short English description:||The leaflet ‘Erfolgsfaktor Familienorientierung - Leitfaden für Unternehmen’‘Family-Friendly Measures as a Factor of Success - A Guide for Companies’), published by the Department for Family Affairs of Upper Austria, supports companies in developing models to make family and job compatible|
|Organisation:||Federal State Government of Upper Austria, Department for Family Affairs|
|Level of government:||regional level|
|Size of organisation:||1-25|
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|EU membership:||EU member|