- Flexible working models
- Regional initiatives to meet the needs of our employees at a local level
- Services for employees who are caring for relatives
- BASF Sozialberatung offers support to employees in difficult personal situations
Around the world, we are expanding and enhancing our diverse range of programs to improve work-life balance. To compete for the best employees, we are responding to the differing needs and life stages of our employees. Our programs include flexible working-time models, such as telecommuting, flexitime, part-time and leaves of absence. We have regional initiatives to meet the individual needs of our employees at a local level. In Asia, for example, we started a new work-life balance program in 2010, which includes flexible working-time models as well as health programs and calls on managers to act as role models. At our Ludwigshafen site, we enlarged our daycare center LuKids in 2010. In addition, we meet with employees before they go on parental leave to develop a plan for their return to work, which we support with special seminars. At the end of 2010, 520 BASF SE employees were on parental leave, of whom 45 (8.7%) were fathers. The percentage of employees working part-time for BASF SE is 10.4%. We offer special training opportunities for employees working part-time.
Employees caring for their relatives benefit from the opportunity to share experiences, receive caregiver counseling and access an expanded array of media resources. BASF Sozialberatung (BASF social assistance) supports employees, particularly at BASF SE, who find themselves in difficult personal situations and it helps them to continue performing their jobs.
In North America, our efforts were honored in 2009 with the Alfred P. Sloan Award for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility, mainly in recognition of our regional “Designed to Fit” initiative for flexible working hours introduced in 2008.