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Osnabrück mill receives family-friendly employer award

WfO, Osnabrück’s economic development agency, and WIGOS, the communal one-stop service agency for businesses, invited applications for a family-friendly employer award for the Osnabrück region. The Felix Schoeller Group took up the invitation – and won the award!

The award is given to businesses that offer working hours and conditions and supporting measures to provide sustainable ways for their employees to achieve a better balance between their work and family commitments. WfO Osnabrück and WIGOS believe it is crucial that family-friendly measures are firmly rooted in businesses’ corporate culture, have the full support of their leadership and are put into practice in the day-to-day life of the company. They believe that employers need to communicate their commitment to making it possible for people to reconcile professional life and family life.

Kornelia Niekamp, HR manager at the Osnabrück mill, took on the challenge and supplied the information requested on a wide range of topics, which were mainly concerned with the corporate culture and the extent to which it genuinely embraces family-friendliness. Examples include models for flexible working hours, options for taking leave that go beyond the statutory requirements, services such as sports or childcare facilities, and also certification already received in this field such as the Top Job award.

Face-to-face interviews were then held to explore the information submitted in more depth. The jury was convinced. On 14 September 2017, mill manager Norbert Mey and Kornelia Niekamp were presented with the award by Dr Michael Lübbersmann, CEO of the district of Osnabrück and patron of Unser Bündnis für Familie (Our alliance for the family), Sven Ruschhaupt, CEO of Osnabrück Chamber of Skilled Trades and co-initiator of the award, and Wolfgang Beckermann, deputy mayor of the city of Osnabrück.

The certificate will take its place beside the Top Job award in the foyer of the Osnabrück mill.