Heel in the final round of the official German competition for the most family-friendly company
Baden-Baden, Germany, March 2, 2012 - The pharmaceutical manufacturer from Baden-Baden is the only company from its part of southwest Germany, to earn this distinction for its family-friendly services
“To ensure that our employees can always give their best, we support them at every stage of their personal development in bringing the demands of their job into harmony with their private life,” explains François Dugimont, Director Human Resources at Biologische Heilmittel Heel GmbH in Baden-Baden.
The services proposed by the company are as varied and individual as Heel’s employees. For young parents, the 140 different part-time models and the on-site child care service are particularly attractive. Managers and employees can keep fit with one of the company’s numerous health programs, from preventive back care exercises to aquagym, whilst the approximately 50 apprentices often seize the opportunities provided by the company pension scheme or in-house further training programme. Other employees, for example with a family member in need of care, make use of a special nursing support facility for dependents. Additionally, the company runs various consulting services, for example on the subjects of stress or health risks, and provides practical everyday assistance such as a laundry service or activity-specific programmes, for example training in ergonomics for production personnel or yoga for shift workers. As a healthcare company, Heel also attaches high priority to the provision of health-conscious nutrition at its canteen. Moreover, Heel supports employees with the purchase of drugs in the event of sickness.
“Our approach is as individualized as possible in order to provide projectable flexibility in anticipation of the future needs of our employees, and we act as a partner responding to their very specific requirements at every stage of their life,” explains Dugimont. “Our individual services and facilities are not always exceptional in themselves, but what makes us unique is our extensive combination of numerous well-conceived programs.” This highly sophisticated concept has enabled Heel to be the only company from northern and central Baden to advance to the final round of the industrial competition “Success Factor Family” organized by the Federal Ministry of Family Affairs.
“I’m delighted to see the large number of participants in our competition and also to note that the quality of the entries has risen even further since the last competition in 2008,” said Family Affairs Minister Dr. Kristina Schröder. “This proves that more and more companies in Germany are taking positive action to help their employees make family life compatible with a career.”
At present, the family-friendly measures of Heel and the other 41 finalists are being subjected to direct on-site assessment by independent experts. When this auditing process is finished, a jury chaired by the Federal Family Affairs Minister will select the winner. Members of the jury include Prof. Hans Heinrich Driftmann, President of the Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce (DIHK), Otto Kentzler, President of the German Confederation of Skilled Crafts (ZDH), and Ingrid Sehrbrock, Vice-President of the German Confederation of Trade Unions (DGB). The final winner will be announced at the award ceremony to be held in Berlin on May 2, 2012.
With this competition, the ministry rewards particularly innovative models for a family-oriented personnel policy in the enterprise. The patron of the competition is Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel.