Bosch adds to its family-friendly working culture First guidelines for balancing career and private life

  • Modern policies on working hours simplify working life
  • Achieve a better work-life balance
  • Bosch offers over 100 different working time models
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  • March 11, 2013
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Stuttgart – In creating new company guidelines on working hours, Bosch is affording its associates greater flexibility in deciding when and where they work. This is yet another milestone for the global supplier of technology and services in its journey toward establishing a flexible and family-friendly working culture. In these guidelines Bosch pledges to harmonize associates’ professional and personal demands, to enable telecommuting, and to create a leadership culture that focuses first and foremost on commitment and achievements, and not on whether associates are physically present. Such a culture enables mothers and fathers, for instance, to work from home if one of their children falls ill, or managers to work part time in order to be able to take care of loved ones. This kind of family leave can also count as a career module. The new guidelines apply to the entire Bosch Group, with a workforce of over 300,000 worldwide, and are designed to give associates and managers alike the security they need to do their jobs well. The aim is to use these elements to help continue the transition toward a family-friendly working culture, and the approach is already showing results: last year, Bosch was named Germany’s most family-friendly large enterprise (1).

Respecting family commitments
Bosch’s commitment to part-time leadership is also reflected in the new guidelines, as is the company’s pledge to make it easier for associates to re-enter working life quickly after taking time out to care for the family. Bosch is also committed to providing the best possible support to associates experiencing particularly challenging family situations (having to take care of loved ones, for example), taking into consideration the demands placed on associates during such times. This is why, since 2012, associates have been able to have a period of family leave take the place of a career module (a placement abroad, for instance) in their progression to the next hierarchical level. Bosch recognizes that taking care of loved ones counts as valuable life experience, helping develop social skills and the capacity to deal with complexity.

“Achieving an effective work-life balance is becoming increasingly important throughout our workforce, as working time is not some isolated part of life,” says Christoph Kübel, member of the Bosch board of management and director of industrial relations. “Our guidelines are designed to promote a more flexible working culture in which we place the same value on family and career commitments.”

100 working time models offer greater flexibility
Developed together with managers, associates, and employee representatives, these Bosch guidelines form a framework that managers and associates can orient to when carrying out their day-to-day work. Today, Bosch already offers its workforce over 100 different working time models, ranging from job sharing and various part-time options to working from home, all with the aim of helping reconcile professional and private commitments.

It pays to be a family-friendly employer
The Bosch guidelines are voluntary commitments that the company took on when it became one of the first companies to sign the German government’s Charter for Family-friendly Working Hours (2). Mothers and fathers have an equally pressing need for working time to be organized in a family-friendly way. According to a survey conducted by Germany’s Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women, and Youth, nine out of ten parents with children under the age of 18 would appreciate more flexible working hours. Almost 60 percent of respondents said that their employer made little, if any, effort to accommodate demands on employees’ time (3).

(1) See press release “Bosch is Germany’s most family-friendly large enterprise”, from May 3, 2012.

(2) See press release “Bundesregierung und Wirtschaft setzen auf familienbewusste Arbeitszeiten”, from February 8, 2011. (German)

(3) See “Monitor Familienleben 2012” (report on family life), a survey commissioned by the German Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Woman and Youth, from September 25, 2012. (German)

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 375,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2015). The company generated sales of 70.6 billion euros in 2015. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing and sales network covers some 150 countries. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. Bosch employs 55,800 associates in research and development at 118 locations across the globe. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to deliver innovations for a connected life. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.”

The company was set up in Stuttgart in 1886 by Robert Bosch (1861-1942) as “Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering.” The special ownership structure of Robert Bosch GmbH guarantees the entrepreneurial freedom of the Bosch Group, making it possible for the company to plan over the long term and to undertake significant up-front investments in the safeguarding of its future. Ninety-two percent of the share capital of Robert Bosch GmbH is held by Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH, a charitable foundation. The majority of voting rights are held by Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG, an industrial trust. The entrepreneurial ownership functions are carried out by the trust. The remaining shares are held by the Bosch family and by Robert Bosch GmbH.

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