More and more companies are using flexible arrangements for managers to allow a better work-life balance. Even though it can still be quite difficult to reduce working hours, the project "Flexible working arrangements in leadership" showcases a vast set of concrete practices for managers and companies to prepare for future requirements of the professional world.
Compared to international research, flexible arrangements for executives in Germany are inadequately recorded and analysed. If nothing else, the significant demand results in a strong need for research and implementation.
This is the starting point for the research-practice project Flexship. What factors influence the success of innovative working arrangements in industry and science? What obstacles need to be overcome? These are the questions the EAF Berlin and the Berlin School of Economics and Law researched in the project “Flexship: Flexible working arrangements for employees in leadership positions”. The project was supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.
We collected good examples from companies and scientific organisations, analysed them and created a current database on the topic of flexible working arrangements in leadership together with our industry partners Deutsche Bahn, Deutsche Post DHL Group, Deutsche Telekom, the Leibniz Association, the Max Planck Society and the management association United Leaders Association (ULA) as well as CEC European Managers.
A practical guide reveals the progress that is made in Germany in implementing flexible models and provides practical suggestions for how organizations can successfully implement flexible working models for managers and shows how these organisations can support these models in a sustainable way.