Compatibility of Family and Work
In 2013, WIAS obtained the berufundfamilie audit
certificate for a period of three years.
A target agreement was signed to optimize the
institute's family-friendly arrangements. With the certificate, WIAS
aims to document its commitment towards the harmonization of work and
family both internally and externally and implement central research
On June 17, 2014, WIAS director Prof. Sprekels received in an official ceremony in the Maritim Hotel Berlin
the certificate of the berufundfamilie audit. From the
322 certificates that were obtained in the last 12 months, 57 were presented to
enterprises, 126 to institutions, and
9 to universities. 86 employers obtained the certificate for the first time and
five already for the fifth time.
The auditing process has to be gone through
every three years.
For mothers and fathers who
temporarily wish to take care of a small child in the immediate
vicinity of their working place WIAS provides a parent-and-child office
(room 402 in Mohrenstrasse 39). There is a computer workplace with internet
access and a telephone
(no. 402) to allow to care for a child in
emergencies like a strike action in the kindergarten or a slight
disease of a child, the cancellation of classes at school
or a cancellation at short notice by the day nanny.
At the same time, one can do some work and have access to the needed documents.
Additionally, in the room exists a
two folding mattresses that can also be used in emergencies by collaborators
who do not feel well. All electrical sockets are childproof.
A first-aid kit can be found in the kitchen next door, where there is also
a microwave oven that can be used to warm up baby food and milk.
Clean linen (with a waterproof layer, please), cuddly toys,
dishes, and other things with special hygienic requirements
must be brought by the parents themselves. After having signed the
Rules for using the parent-and-child office
(in German only),
you can get the key for the room by WIAS administration staff.
In the buiding Hausvogteiplatz one can find travel cots in the
cloak rooms to be taken into the office.
Seminars, colloquia, and meetings at WIAS usually end before 5 p.m. to allow also staff members with a family
to attend these events regularly.
WIAS supports and advises its staff members who wish to take parental leave and
keeps in touch with them during that time.