Work-life balance

Work-life balance

We help our employees achieve a work-life balance through a range of initiatives. The various measures we have introduced are designed to suit the specific local situation and requirements. We focus in particular on flexible working models, supporting employees who are reliant on childcare or have a family member who requires care, and providing assistance during periods of poor health or social hardship.

Part-time employees accounted for approximately 2.1 percent of our workforce in 2014. In several regions, such as the Middle East and Eastern Europe, we introduced new flexible working schemes during the reporting year. So far, more than 900 employees in these regions have benefited from such schemes. In Germany, around 250 staff were employed in 2014 under new teleworking contracts. These contracts are based on a works agreement which was concluded in 2013.

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As a result of the first-time application of the revised accounting standards, the sites in the scope of our reporting changed in the 2013 financial year. Accordingly, the key financial, environmental and employee KPIs for 2012 were adjusted retrospectively. In addition, the KPIs for employees, occupational health and safety and environmental protection for the year 2012 were retrospectively adjusted to account for the effects of the acquisition of the US homecare company Lincare.

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At our German sites, we introduced new rules on childcare costs during the reporting year. From 2014, we pay a childcare subsidy for all children of employees at our German business locations. A service bureau is available to help employees find appropriate childcare places. In Germany, a total of 369 employees took parental leave in 2014, 37 percent of whom were fathers. In the same year, 212 employees in Germany returned to Linde after a period of parental leave.

To promote the physical and mental health of our employees, we offer a range of advisory services in many countries covering such areas as family crises and addiction problems, as well as initiatives designed to prevent illness. In North America, for example, we introduced a free health advisory service in 2014, which has now been used by more than 1,800 members of our staff. In many regions, we support employees by offering a range of sporting activities or subsidised membership of sports facilities.