audit in a Nutshell
How does the audit work? And what marks a successful auditing? A short introduction:
The audit records the status quo of the family and life cycle measures already offered, systematically develops the individual potential of the company/organization and ensures that family awareness is anchored in corporate culture by means of binding target agreements. After successful completion of this process, an independent board of trustees, who are prominently represented with representatives from industry, academia, politics and associations, decides upon the issue of the certificate for the audit. The practical implementation is annually reviewed by the berufundfamilie Service GmbH.
Certificates for the audit workandfamily were first awarded in 1999. The audit family-friendly university has been offered since 2002.
What follows the first audit?
In the course of two successive re-audits – each after three years – further personnel policy targets can be agreed. This is followed by the dialogue process (for the first time after nine years), which is marked by a quality check.
The re-audits and the dialogue process are increasingly geared to the individual degree of the maturity of the family and life-phase-conscious personnel policy of the organization and place the accent on review and company-specific deepening.
In adapting your special requirements the respective auditing can highlight topics such as:
- family and life-phase leadership
- compatibility of work and care
- health management
- generation management
- dealing with different lifestyles
The certificate – quality seal for family- and life-conscious personnel policy
A successful audit will be rewarded with the certificate – the quality seal with a three-year term. With its successful dialogue process the certificate assumes a permanent character. Since 1998 about 1,800 employers have been awarded the audit certificate.
What effects do you gain from the audit?
The successful compatibility of work, family and private life results in a clear and noticeable win-win situation.
- positive business effects1
- lower absenteeism and sickness rates
- heightened identification, motivation and satisfaction among the employees or the students
- increased productivity in the workforce
- improved HR marketing and higher candidate quality
- retention of professionals
- increasing employer attractiveness or the attractiveness of the university as a place of work and study
- answers to the challenges of the workplace such as skills shortage and demographic change
1 Source: Forschungszentrum Familienbewusste Personalpolitik (FFP) 2013
Employees and applicants as well as students gain
- transparent and reliable offers for better compatibility
- improved prerequisites which do justice to a job or study as well as family and private life equally and make it worth living
- an improved working atmosphere and an appreciative work or study environment
- recognition and consideration of life phases and lifestyles – in terms of higher individualization
- greater satisfaction in daily work