No blueprint for making work more flexible
Compatibility of family and career is no longer the domain of working mums. But when it comes to working part-time, the picture is still different. For example, a 2018 Eurostat survey shows that in the European Union nearly 40 percent of women with children under 6 years are working part-time while the figure for men is well below 10 percent. And this although many fathers wish to spend more time with their families.
“Men and fathers, however, have different demands when it comes to working part-time. The classic models with daily or weekly working time reductions are often considered difficult to implement,” reports Coßmann.
LANXESS therefore also offers the possibility of reducing working hours and pay by between 5 and 15 percent per year. The reduced working time is converted into whole days off, which can be taken variably in agreement with the superior and the team. Coßmann: “The model is used by employees who would like to work close to full-time but would like to spend more time for private matters.”
This example from Germany could easily be adapted in other countries and shows that there is no blueprint for making work more flexible. As a chemical company, LANXESS combines a wide range of professions and areas of activity – from R&D and production to sales and administration. What’s more, the wishes and needs of employees at different stages and in different situations in life vary.