Work-life balance

Work-life balance

We provide a variety of opportunities to help our employees achieve a good work-life balance. In particular, these include flexible working models, such as flexitime, part-time work and teleworking. The proportion of the total workforce working part-time in 2017 was 3.4 percent (2016: 3.6 percent)2. In Germany, 478 employees took parental leave during the reporting year (2016: 454), 42 percent of whom were men (2016: 42 percent).

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In line with the information in the Financial Report 2017, the figures provided for the years 2015, 2016 and 2017 exclude the business of the logistics service provider Gist, as it has been reported as a discontinued operation.


Starting with 2017 the calculation of part-time ratio is based on the portion of actual employees working part-time compared to the total staff. Before that the calculation was based on full-time equivalents. The 2016 number has been revised as well for better comparability. Generally, all other employee ratios are based on full-time equivalents, if not stated differently.

Lagebericht 2014

Included in the audited Non-Financial Report

Part-time employees2



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Employees on parental leave (Germany, as at Dec 31)












We also want to support employees who are reliant on childcare or have a family member requiring care and to provide assistance to employees during periods of poor health or social hardship. When designing appropriate options for our employees, we take account of the specific local situation and demands.

Moreover, we promote the physical and mental health of our employees in many countries: for example, by providing advice on how to cope with family crises or addiction problems and by supporting disease prevention initiatives. In 2017, for instance, we enhanced health insurance benefits for employees in the Engineering Division in Russia. In the United States, we increased the number of days of paid sick leave for employees in the Healthcare segment in our subsidiary Lincare.

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