23.06.2021, Garching near Munich
The Group received the “berufundfamilie” (work and family) audit certificate, which recognizes particularly high standards in HR policy.
The Zeppelin Group has once again received the berufundfamilie audit, a quality seal, for its sustainable, family-friendly and life-phase-conscious HR policy. The audit is conducted under the patronage of the German Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth. Alexandra Mebus, Zeppelin Group Labor Director and Managing Director, accepted the award on June 22 as part of a certificate online event. The re-audit includes Management Holding Zeppelin GmbH and the German companies of the Construction Equipment Central Europe, Rental, Power Systems, and Plant Engineering strategic business units, as well as the Zeppelin Digit strategic management center (including the company Z LAB).
For years, the Zeppelin Group has been committed to providing its employees with an environment that enables them to balance their professional and private lives. Numerous initiatives and measures are offered, which range from the opportunity to work from home (in areas where this is possible) to consulting services for employees in difficult personal situations to health and sporting activities.
"I am pleased that we have now received the berufundfamilie audit certificate for the second time since 2018. The successful re-audit encourages us in our actions and initiatives. Particularly in the current context of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to make offers to employees that take their living situation into account. This includes, for example, offerings in cooperation with the famPlus family service to support childcare and care of family members or in personal conflict situations. Group-wide company health management with health and fitness services is also included," says Alexandra Mebus about the certification.
The certificate, which is valid for three years and serves as a seal of quality for a company work/life compatibility policy, is awarded by the berufundfamilie Service GmbH board of trustees. Employers who receive the award must undergo an audit and dialogue procedure offered by the berufundfamilie. Zeppelin successfully underwent the re-audit process in 2021, which reviewed the current family-friendly measures already in place. The focus was on making the working environment even more flexible and developing the culture needed to achieve this.
As part of the re-audit, strategic goals, as well as specific measures were defined, which are stipulated in a target agreement. These must be implemented as required during the three-year certificate period. The practical implementation of the measures is checked on an annual basis by berufundfamilie Service GmbH.
"For us, the award is an incentive to continue on the path we have chosen and to respond to the needs of our employees. We plan to introduce further measures, such as analyzing and testing a framework for sought-after working time models and lifetime working time accounts. In addition, we will support our managers more intensively with new work topics (e.g. mobile working, digital and inclusive leadership). Furthermore, we have a diversity strategy with associated measures and regular campaigns as well as the task of raising awareness within the Group about family-compatible deadlines and availability times, on the agenda. We will implement all of this swiftly. Zeppelin’s motto is “We Create Solutions” and we create tailor-made solutions not only for our customers, but also for our employees," adds Alexandra Mebus.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the certificate presentation ceremony took place as part of an online event. The web-based event was dedicated to a total of 287 employers – 135 companies, 118 institutions and 34 universities – who had successfully completed the berufundfamilie (work and family) audit or familiengerechte hochschulschule (family-friendly university) audit in the previous twelve months.
When it comes to the best employers in Germany, the Zeppelin Group appears in the upper part of the list elsewhere too. In the independent ranking by the German magazine “Stern”, the Group was able to further improve its ranking in 2021 and is now in a strong position at number 83. The German financial newspaper “Handelsblatt” once again honored the Group as a "fair company.” You can find more information about these awards here.
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