More space for work and private life
BASF is a company that takes its social responsibility seriously and promotes the compatibility of work, family and private life.
Many younger employees, for example, ask themselves how they will be able to combine child care and professional life. For older employees, the care of relatives becomes more and more important. With numerous offerings, BASF enables employees to find better ways of reconciling the challenges of everyday life and shows them that private life and professional commitment are not mutually exclusive.
Expecting parents experience many changes in the private, but also in the working area. To be prepared for this, BASF offers its employees support on the topic of pregnancy, parental leave and re-entry. This includes, for example, information sessions, mentor programs and internal qualification opportunities.
Germany’s largest company-owned nursery LuKids, with 270 places for children between 6 months to 3 years of age, allows parents to return to the company quickly. This offering is supplemented by the short-term emergency childcare facility LuKids Adhoc for children 6 months to 11 years of age.
The holiday programs Kids and Teens on Tour offer parents with school-age children the option of also meeting their professional requirements during school holidays. Children of BASF employees between 6 and 14 years of age can participate in one of the multifaceted program weeks during the Easter, summer and fall holidays.
Additionally, a parent-child office in LuMit is available for BASF employees. Here parents have the option of bringing their child with them directly to the workplace and looking after the child themselves while they work.
Compatibility of work, family and private life requires flexible working models. This applies especially when employees work together in an international context, for example in different time zones. In the process not only greater flexibility of working time but also mobile work are becoming increasingly important.
BASF supports its employees with numerous opportunities for adapting their working hours and workplace to their personal life circumstances and needs. For example, flexible working models such as part-time work, job sharing, mobile work and leave options help younger employees make child care compatible with professional life. However, they also support older employees, for example in the care of relatives in addition to their profession. Employees who would like to reduce their working hours in the transition to retirement also benefit from the multifaceted offerings of flexible work.
Accidents, handicaps, sickness – the need for care has many faces and knows no age. Insidiously or suddenly, everyday life changes, becoming a challenge for those affected and their relatives. Moreover, the increasing percentage of elderly people in the population, combined with a higher life expectancy, means that an increase in the need for care is to be expected.
BASF supports employees with relatives who require care in many different ways. This includes care consulting, information sessions, exchanges of experiences and the option of using the multifaceted flexible working models. Moreover, there are various leave options for the care of relatives who require care. The Family Care Time Act is supplemented by an internal agreement that allows employees to extend their legal claim to a reduction of working hours from two years to up to six years.