Overview of Offers

 

The Equal Opportunities Officer is available to answer questions about the offers as well as other questions about work-life balance.

Work-Life-Balance

The balance of work or research and family life is a central concern of the Max Planck Institute for Informatics (MPII), which is why the Institute’s management, its joint administration, and the equal opportunities officers are working hand in hand on this subject. Because starting a family brings major life changes, parents and parents-to-be are provided with all relevant information and get support through various offers and programs. These include, in particular, childcare options and flexible working time models.

The MPII’s support begins during pregnancy.  The personnel department advises parents-to-be on the various offerings from the Institute as well as from the Max Planck Society.

Important benefits, e.g. the state offered child and parental allowances, must be applied for independently. Deadlines must be observed! For further information, including further services, see, e.g. the webpage of the Federal Ministry for Family, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth: Bundesministerium für Familie, Senioren, Frauen und Jugend. Also, it is important to register for a place in a kindergarten or daycare as early as possible. (We cannot guarantee that this is an exhaustive list of benefits and offers.)

Furthermore, the Institute offers numerous childcare options for the little ones. Not only can parents choose from daycare centers near the Institute, for example, the "UNIKATE" daycare center on the campus, or the "MEINE VILLA" daycare center in the city center, but they may also use the parent-child office and nursery room in the MPII building. In addition, the Institute has a framework agreement with the family service agent pme, which provides childcare and care for the elderly.

Family-Friendly Company

The compatibility of work and family life is increasingly becoming a focus for companies that are actively concerned with the satisfaction of their employees, even when they are not at work.

In the competition for creative minds, which are essential for successful research,
Max Planck institutes have long recognized that flexible working time models with regard to the family are
necessary in order to attract top scientists to the institutes.

Likewise, the provision of childcare and support for family care obligations is supported by appropriate measures at both institutes.

 


Reconciliation of career and family life is a major priority in the MPG

Tested quality through audit procedures

The Max Planck Society has been vigorously pursuing the goal of reconciling career and family life for over ten years. In 2006, together with all its Institutes, it was (and still is) the first entire scientific organization to receive this certification from the charitable organization berufundfamilie Service GmbH after undergoing a detailed audit procedure. Since then, on an ongoing basis, the family-oriented measures already in place have been reviewed and additional initiatives for implementing a family-conscious corporate policy have been defined and introduced. In 2018, the audit certificate “berufundfamilie" was awarded to the Max Planck Society for the fifth time. To obtain this certification, additional measures to improve the work-life balance were defined in a new voluntary commitment with the aim of permitting employees to achieve even greater reconciliation of family and work by an increasing sensitizing of all institutes and institutions for the topic. Continuous examination and means-tested implementation respectively adaptation of measures for all occupation groups shall lead to a high level of penetration.

With this policy, the MPG wishes to enhance its attractiveness in the international environment and recruit new, highly qualified staff. At the same time, the family-friendly conditions shall help employees to identify more strongly with “their" MPG.

MPS package of measures in the pandemic for workers with care obligations

The MPS wrote a package of measures to support workers with care obligations.

Please contact the Equal Oppurtunities Officer for further information.

 

Pme Familyservice

Arrangement of childcare:

  • Childcare at home (babysitter)
  • Au pair/Granny to go
  • In some cases, arrangement of places at nursery or daycare facilities
  • Placement in holiday care centres operated by third party providers cooperating with pme

Arrangement of back-up emergency care:

Homecare eldercare

  • Consultation in the event of illness and need for long-term care for close relatives
  • Individual consultations on alternative care solutions
  • Comprehensive advice on how to finance care
  • Procurement of care personnel and domestic staff, out-patient services and places in homes
  • Under certain circumstances, emergency care at short notice in private households 
  • Help in coping with illness, disability and care dependence

Online portal

  • Self-search functions via databases for babysitters and childcare facilities 
  • Tutorials on questions like, for example, provision for old-age or administrative procedures related to the birth of a child (new)
  • Information on the portfolio of services on offer to MP

 

Further information are availableon MaxNet.

Don´t hesitate to conctact the Equal Opportunity Officer, if you have further questions.