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Work and Family

It is the ambition of the IGZ to offer its employees optimal conditions for reconciling work, care and family, and for achieving a sustainable work-life balance. Only those who have the opportunity to meet both their professional and family demands can realise their full potential and perform outstanding scientific work. In 2012, the IGZ first started using the audit workandfamily (audit berufundfamilie) as a tool for reinforcing its sustainable HR policy geared towards different stages of (family) life. Following a successful reauditing process, the IGZ was re-certified as a family-friendly institute in 2022.


Combining work and family life

The certificate involves a voluntary commitment by the institute to take necessary and appropriate measures to implement the promotion of balancing work and stages of (family) life and to engage in active gender equality efforts. The aim of these measures is to maintain employees’ motivation and health, and to enhance the IGZ’s attractiveness as an employer, facilitating excellent science.

Work related to the audit at the IGZ is coordinated by an audit berufundfamilie working group (

Gender Equality plays an important role at IGZ. Therefor in 2022 a Gender Equality Plan (GEP) was developed, signed by the director of research Prof Eckhard George.

Existing and planned measures

These are just some of the existing measures already in place to enable employees to strike a balance between family and work life:

  • Flexitime working time models featuring arrangements for flexible work locations
  • Annual working time accounts
  • The ability to take time off work to care for close relatives in need of long-term care
  • Entrenchment of work-life balance in annual performance reviews
  • Professional development programmes during working hours
  • (Grand-)parent and child work room
  • Health promotion options (massages)

Planned measures include:

  • Transition to even more flexible working time models and mobile working
  • Support in the case of individual needs concerning language training
  • Expansion of health-promoting activities and sporting opportunities