Increasing numbers of companies see themselves no longer merely as a service provider for their customers. The company management recognises how important it is to develop an employee-friendly corporate culture and also to enact this.
An essential factor of success here is to enable a balance between profession and family for employees. This form of compatibility not only means unison between work and raising children though, but increasingly a compatibility of the vocation with the care of family members.
With the competition “Exemplary family-friendly companies in Oberhausen”, companies in Oberhausen are distinguished once a year that help achieve an improved balance of family and the world of work, within their possibilities. Accordingly, the solutions in small family-owned companies are different to those of a large company. Their ideas and concepts should motivate other companies to do the same and display to them paths and methods for achieving an enacted affinity to family values. The competition, within the framework of the Oberhausen Family Alliance, helps to further expand a family-friendly atmosphere in the town of Oberhausen. The department for equal opportunities of Oberhausen organises this competition in cooperation with the Oberhausen Economic and Tourism Development Agency. Cooperation partners are the Kreishandwerkerschaft, IHK, NRW Regionalagentur MEO e.V., the DGB union, the labour exchange and the association of companies.
Competition criteria include support for employees with regard to the compatibility of child supervision and the care of family members. Flexibility for work, break and vacation times, regulation of the work location, paths of information and communication within the company, management expertise and personnel development, service for families and family-supportive services (child supervision etc.), workplace health promotion, occupational safety and health protection, wage components and non-money services, work atmosphere etc.