Statistics have shown that, especially for
parents, making a professional career while having a family can be
very hard. Particularly in scientific professions, being a parent can
be an obstacle as high time flexibility is required. The
reconciliation of family and working life must therefore be a top
priority for women in science. In order to foster this
reconciliation, the Collaborative Research Center 1026 „Sustainable
Manufacturing – Shaping Global Value creation“, supported by the
German Research Foundation (DFG) has set up a parent-child-room in
which employees in special situations can work. Whenerver the
baby-sitter is not available or daycare is closed, mothers and
fathers can reserve the room and have full access to their e-mail,
calendar and files and are thus fully integrated in the institute’s
network without having to let their children out of sight.
For children of all ages, stuffed animals, toys and a cradle were purchased. furthermore, opportunities for breastfeeding and baby change wer installed. The furniture and colours are matched to the children’s needs.
With the parent-child-room, the Collaborative Research Center Sustainable Manufacturing ensures that family and career do not have to be contradictory.