The complexity and demands of our cases, many of them international, require our staff to display not only outstanding expertise but also enthusiasm and, often, flexibility in their work.
However, in coordinating our cases and projects, we are now trying harder than ever to take account of two aspects. The first is enough downtime to let you recharge your batteries and, not least, gain inspiration from leisure pursuits. This means, for example, that we encourage you to use your leave entitlement and not to put it off. Also, apart from a few unavoidable exceptions, we treat weekends and public holidays as sacrosanct.
Second, we recognise our employees' growing family commitments. We are trying to do more and more to meet these changing needs, ranging from parental leave (for fathers too), flexible working hours, sabbaticals and new advisory posts (Counsel/Senior Counsel) to specific help with, for example, caring for children or parents.
We feel a particular obligation here to our female advisors, whose excellence we regard as indispensable. Measures such as special "ladies’ lunches", talks and workshops address only one aspect of this challenge. Ultimately, it is practical solutions to practical problems that count. These are the solutions that we can offer already:
- flexible working hours, including "home office";
- individually tailored models for part-time work;
- sabbaticals and parental leave;
- cooperation with the pme Familienservice agency (= support in organising family life: nurseries, caring for parents, advice at difficult stages of your life, etc.).
In addition, we now invite you to enter into a dialogue with us to help work out how we can do more and more to reconcile the demands of work, on the one hand, and your individual leisure time and family life, on the other. Click here to read one success story in this area.