The IfADo considers family commitments of its employees and also supports the male colleagues in the work-life balance through parental leave and flexible working hours in the highest degree.
The IfADo strives to offer its employees a family-friendly working environment. About possibilities for individual arrangements the Institute enables particularly colleagues with young children as well as ill family members to keep the balance between family and work (e.g. individual working arrangements like reduction or flexible working hours, family-related part-time work, flexitime, working time honor, work opportunity in private environment).
Personnel development measures through agreements on re-entry, training during and after parental leave.
Bridging gaps in care in the institution’s parent-child bureau: The IfADo has a family working room for those cases in which one parent can work in the presence of the baby / toddler. Moreover, parents can bring their children in care emergency on their own jobs, unless the person is in a danger zone (for example, experimental and biochemical laboratory areas, Institute workshop etc.).
BUK GmbH cooperation agreement to a wide range of childcare and care responsibilities: Already since 2011 BUK cooperates with the IfADo. The first building block for improving the reconciliation of work and family is the consulting service for IfADo around the ‘child care’. Since January 2014, a second block of consulting services around the ‘caring responsibilities’ have been added. Reconciliation of work and family is part of good corporate culture of IfADo. The Institute Board supports with this tailor-made offer of BUK consulting services a balanced work-life balance, because service for workers in care responsibilities for children or caring responsibilities for relatives are the basis for professional capacity.
Career building measures at IfADo
Mentoring: The Institute Board enables in alternate yearly two female doctoral students or postdoks / assistant professors to participate in the mentoring³ programme of the Career Net Ruhr. Mentoring is especially for the qualification of women in the natural sciences, the anchoring of gender aspects in research and teaching, the stabilization of the scientific careers of women in the postdoctoral phase and the qualifications and professionalism of scientists for a professorship at universities. Furthermore, young female scientists of the IfADo are entitled to take part in the Leibniz-Mentoring Program.
Technology diversity: In terms of increasing the diversity technology opportunities for interested female persons in the MINT area (mathematics – computer science – science – technology) the IfADo addresses offers for different training levels (e.g. pupils, pupils trainees, training seekers, technical employees, student, scientists or postdoks). In order to inspire specifically young women (girls) before the study choice for technical and scientific contents, the IfADo supports measures as women (girls) -Labor Day or the annual Girls‘ Day.
Offer for apprenticeships: The IfADo offers education as a laboratory assistant / for biology laboratory technicians in training alliance with the neighboring Leibniz Institute for Analytical Sciences (ISAS) and the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology Dortmund. In addition, accompanied by the Chamber of Commerce Dortmund, the institute offers apprenticeships for chemical laboratory assistants (Central Unit Analytical Sciences), office clerks / computer science merchants (administration) as well as for industrial mechanics (precision engineering) in the in-house mechanical workshop.
Offer for technical employees: The IfADo actively supports qualification and training of technical staff (human resources).