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= Case description =
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