Compatibility of Family and Career

The Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz (Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation) offers flexible working arrangements and is developing additional strategies for improving the work-family balance.

A woman is sitting at the computer while a child is playing in the background (Opens a Larger Version of the Image)Numerous offerings at the Foundation, such as the Parent-Child Room, make it easier to combine family and career. © SPK / Pierre Adenis

With a standard work week of 39 hours per week for salaried employees (“Tarifbeschäftigte”) and 41 hours per week for civil servants, the Foundation offers flexible work hours to make career and family more compatible. They include flexitime, a wide range of offers for part-time employment, telecommuting and flexibility regarding semi-retirement. In addition, Foundation employments are eligible for special leave and other release from work as required.

The Foundation would like to make it easier for its employees to return to their careers after taking time off. It offers various models for work and work hours and need-based offers for continuing professional training. In interviews with its employees, the Foundation ensures that its employees’ personal situation, career goals and development opportunities are taken into account when they return to their careers.

An “emergency group” supports Foundation employees find individual solutions to extraordinary personal situations. The AG Familienfreundliche Stiftung (Initiative Family-Friendly Foundation) is developing additional internal measures to improve the compatibility of professional and private obligations. In the Staatliches Institut für Musikforschung (State Institute for Music Research), there is also a parent-child office available.