Ursula von der Leyen handed over the certificate to Andreas Otto for the work and family audit. The family-centred focus of companies is becoming increasingly important when competing for qualified professionals. For qualified young people, it is not only the salary that is decisive for choosing a job, but more importantly the compatibility of professional and family life.
At GWG, we are aware of this fact, and, for some time now, we have been working with a close eye on future challenges, such as demographic change. In 2007, for example, we were put to the test by the work and family initiative and received the certificate for the work and family audit (the non-profit Hertie Foundation) for family-friendly staff policy: an innovative award, which our managing director Andreas Otto received personally from the Federal Minister for Family Affairs, Ursula von der Leyen! In 2011, 2014 and 2017, the re-auditing took place and in 2020 the second dialogue procedure, through which the permanent nature of the certificate was confirmed.
As a provider of affordable housing, we have many young families, as well as senior citizens as customers. In order to advise them efficiently and answer questions about their living environment, we need socially competent team-players, who have both feet on the ground. For us at GWG, this means that we offer working conditions with a focus on our social responsibility, which enables relaxed and efficient work. In this way, we have systematically recorded and documented the existing social services and possibilities of our company. All employees were involved in the establishment of our future goals. The result was many good ideas, which we could realize quickly and will continue to implement.