Work-life balance

Work-life balance

We help our employees achieve a better work-life balance by providing a wide range of opportunities worldwide. In particular, these include flexible working models such as flexitime, part-time work and teleworking arrangements. Part-time employees accounted for around 2 percent of the workforce in 2015. In the Corporate Centre, a new company agreement came into effect during the reporting year, making it possible for employees to work from home under certain conditions. In Germany, a total of 434 employees took parental leave during the year, 42 percent of whom were fathers. In the same period, 209 employees in Germany returned to Linde after a period of parental leave.

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As a result of the 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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We also focus on helping employees who are reliant on childcare or have a family member who requires care and on providing assistance during periods of poor health or social hardship. The measures we take are designed to suit the specific local situation and demands on the Group. In Germany, we provide our employees with a childcare subsidy. A service bureau is also available to help employees find appropriate childcare places and to provide care in exceptional circumstances. Since the introduction of the service in 2007, the bureau’s services have been used more than 2,200 times.

We promote the physical and mental health of our employees in many countries. Advice on coping with family crises and addiction problems is provided, for example, and we have also introduced initiatives designed to prevent illness. In 2015, events were held, for instance, in Linde’s Regional Business Unit (RBU) South Pacific covering areas such as mental health in the workplace and conflict resolution.