Career

17.05.2016
Kim Karotki

How fami­ly and a care­er can be suc­cess­ful­ly com­bi­ned

Three peop­le, three dif­fe­rent sche­mes

Klasmann-Deilmann offers par­ents of young child­ren or employees who have to care for rela­ti­ves various opti­ons for com­bi­ning their work with their duties at home. Each of the fol­lo­wing three employees has opted for a dif­fe­rent model.

 

Dani­el Klin­ke, Accoun­ting Ser­vices Team Lea­der

Kim Karotki: Tell us about your fami­ly and work situa­ti­on.

Dani­el Klin­ke: We have two young child­ren, Moritz and Jule and both are at kin­der­gar­ten. My wife has now retur­ned to work again part-time, which is why we have to sha­re child­ca­re.

Kim Karotki: What have you agreed with Klasmann-Deilmann?

Dani­el Klin­ke: On Thurs­days, my wife has to lea­ve home ear­lier, so I attend to the child­ren. I make up for the lost working hours on other days. I took pater­ni­ty lea­ve for one month after Moritz and Jule were born and then for ano­t­her month in the sum­mer in both cases.

Kim Karotki: Plea­se tell us about your expe­ri­ence.

Dani­el Klin­ke: My expe­ri­ence has been tho­rough­ly posi­ti­ve. Trust-based working hours mean that I can be fle­xi­ble when it comes to deci­ding when to work. This gives me the necessa­ry free­dom to attend to fami­ly mat­ters. I can who­lehe­ar­ted­ly recom­mend pater­ni­ty lea­ve. Having kids is the best thing in the world and I wan­ted to sha­re as much as pos­si­ble of the fasci­na­ting time just after the child­ren were born. It also made me rea­li­se just how much my wife was doing during that time. It also means I appre­cia­te much more just how much she takes off my hands.

 

Jen­ni­fer Rie­ken, HR Office

Kim Karotki: Tell us about your fami­ly and work situa­ti­on.

Jen­ni­fer Rie­ken: Our son Mailon is nine mon­ths old. I deci­ded ear­ly on that I wan­ted to return to work soon after the birth. It is important to me to have my work as well as being a mother.

Kim Karotki: What have you agreed with Klasmann-Deilmann?

Jen­ni­fer Rie­ken: I retur­ned to work part-time after six mon­ths’ mater­ni­ty lea­ve. I cur­r­ent­ly work 25 hours a week, spread over four days.

Kim Karotki: Plea­se tell us about your expe­ri­ence.

Jen­ni­fer Rie­ken: My line mana­ger respon­ded to my request for fle­xi­ble working hours very posi­tively and agreed right away. To me, working part-time is the ide­al way of com­bi­ning my care­er and a fami­ly.

 

Dirk Sajo­go, Head of Finan­ce, IT, Legal

Kim Karotki: Tell us about your fami­ly and work situa­ti­on.

Dirk Sajo­go: After the birth of our second child, my wife did not want to take a long break from work. As our child­ren are still so young, we both wan­ted to make sure that one parent could always be at home.

Kim Karotki: What have you agreed with Klasmann-Deilmann?

Dirk Sajo­go: I worked part-time for some of my pater­ni­ty lea­ve. My wife and I have arran­ged our working hours so that one of us can always be avail­ab­le to look after the child­ren.

Kim Karotki: Plea­se tell us about your expe­ri­ence

Dirk Sajo­go: Excel­lent. I think that it is now well accep­ted at Klasmann-Deilmann that men take pater­ni­ty lea­ve. The reac­tion of my boss was cer­tain­ly very posi­ti­ve. That is not some­thing you can take for gran­ted: my last employ­er frow­ned on men who took pater­ni­ty lea­ve.