We are proud of our flexible personnel policy
The foundation for our cooperation within the company is a positive understanding of human nature, which is influenced by trust. We believe that employees are fundamentally self-motivated. They enjoy the effort of putting their skills to use and are happy to take on responsibilities. Read more at "A foundation of trust."
We see it as our job to create the conditions in which employees can grow and learn in their own way. Flexible working hours and leave, part-time positions (about 40 % of all permanent employees work part-time, 21,5 % of management), childcare in the VAUDE Kinderhaus and trust-based working hours (approx.150 employees and the trend is rising) are only a few measures that help our employees live their lives as they wish while staying healthy and productive.
»I run my department with a 90 % work week so I can spend more time with my family. That doesn't mean my team can do less. I focus on the delegation of responsibility and high efficiency.«
Full-time employees at VAUDE work 40 hours a week. Anything less than this is classified as part-time work and paid in proportion to a full-time salary.
At VAUDE, overtime is compensated with time off. However, because the majority of employees work with trust-based hours, we are unable to collect precise company-wide data.
Our employee survey "VAUDE Employee Barometer" that was conducted for the second time at the end of 2020 in cooperation with the IFBG (Institut für Betriebliche Gesundheitsberatung) and the Techniker Krankenkasse however, revealed encouraging results. Overall, our employees feel that the quantitative requirements at work (including the need to work overtime) are lower than the comparative assessment, which is cited as representative of the German working population.
VAUDE provides the premises for the childcare center and takes on a significant proportion of the investment, adding up to approximately 50,000 euros per year – see "Creating added value through commitment". The remaining costs are covered by the city of Tettnang.
Up to 31 children are cared for in mixed age groups with after school programs and a crèche. About half are VAUDE employees' children; the other half includes children from the surrounding area.
The childcare center has become so popular that we can no longer fully meet the demand.
Read more about the VAUDE Kinderhaus
To ensure that the fathers and mothers in our workforce are able to return to work quickly after parental leave in a way that is tailored to their personal needs, appropriate discussions are held with employees in our HR department before, during and after their parental leave. In 2020, 15 employees (10 of them female, five male) planned to return to work after parental leave. All of them (100%) were able to re-enter jobs that matched their previous profile or - in some cases - were adapted to the changed needs of families in terms of framework conditions. All 21 employees who returned to their jobs from parental leave in 2019 are still employed at VAUDE.