ExTox GmbH was honored with the Otto Heinemann Prize

How can we cope with in addition to work and family in the future, the care of family members? What can companies do to provide your employees with not only children, but also care-friendly working conditions?                                                                                          

On 3 November 2015, companies were awarded at the Second Berlin Care Conference, which provide outstanding examples of a nurturing-friendly work environment.
"With the Otto Heinemann prize we don't want to take up only suggestions of large companies, but for us it is especially important to support small and medium-sized enterprises in their Efforts to achieve a better reconciliation of work and care," said Yves Rawiel, managing Director of spectrumK on the occasion of the award ceremony in the Berlin Westhafen Event and Convention Center (WECC).
The prize was awarded this year for the first Time – in cooperation with the top associations in the operation of health insurance funds and the Guild funds. In his prologue to the award ceremony the management Board of the BKK Federation Franz Knieps praised for the inventiveness and entrepreneurial far-sightedness of the award winners: "Many companies today know that mental and physical balance of the employee are essential for efficient working results, but that promoting health and the compatibility of family and profession can also serve to attract and retain employees over the long term."
The prize in the category up to 51 up to 250 employees the company ExTox gas detection-systems GmbH won. The company, based in Unna, has been, since 2004, flexible working time models, working time and home office but especially on individual rules: "We have set up our company so that it may be for us; For us, for our families, for our children and for our parents, "said Ludger Osterkamp, managing director at the award ceremony. In his company no one could be replaced - and it was man and not the personnel number. In addition, a company can only be what its employees are doing: "If we want to overtake others, then we must not follow in their footsteps, but we must be ready to go new ways," the managing director said. At ExTox, therefore, "the path from parents' parliamen- tary to the caregiver's chair was passed." Osterkamp: "With us, the goal is to get the topic of need of care out of the taboo, boss!"

The Otto Heinemann Prize was presented by Iris Gleicke, State Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Economics and Commissioner for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises, in the presence of around 400 invited guests. The name of the award is the former procurator of the company Krupp in Essen, who was not only a committed municipal politician and father of the third president of the Federal Republic of Germany, Gustav Heinemann. Otto Heinemann has made a special contribution to company health insurance.

Source: spectrumK GmbH

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