T his result was based on ratings of cur rent or former employees and job ap plicants on the kununu website Messe Düsseldorf received 175 ratings and a recommendation rate of 97 per cent In this ranking it was the only trade fair company to make it into the top 100 of Germany s most family friendly companies 82nd place The key criteria were as follows managers behaviour working atmosphere work life balance equal opportunities career and CPD salaries and social benefits flexible working hours availability of childcare and company pension schemes For us as an employer it s important to be family friendly as we seek to attract the best staff and to en sure that our workforce are motivated and productive comments Werner Matthias Dornscheidt CEO of Messe Düsseldorf Flexibility The Düsseldorf site employs 693 people 133 of whom work part time three of them being men Ten staff members from various departments take advantage of the opportunity to work part time from home during parental leave Answering customer inquiries by e mail is a suitable task for this kind of work The option of working from a home office is currently being used by around 40 per cent of employees entitled to do so however this is not possible for staff members who are needed on site such as craftsmen or caretakers Plus A quarter of the 60 childcare places in the nearest coun cil run nursery are available to Messe Düs seldorf employees In return the company supports the nursery with funds equalling the salary of a nursery school teacher In addition the fair works with a family service Thanks to this cooperation Messe Düsseldorf employees have a variety of things on offer some of them for free They include one off assistance such as Saturday childcare in the run up to Christmas emer gency childcare during strike action or while a child or parent is ill Employees who are caring for family members and need help likewise receive support from the family service which also offers advice in the case of problems conflicts and personal crises Family service A stepfather who was caring for the mother of one staff member fell seriously ill and had to go to hospital at short notice Including his rehabilitation he faced a lengthy hospital stay The situation was further aggravated by the fact that the parents did not live in the same city as the staff member and her brother After the chil dren had cared for their mother for five weeks the burden became too much and the employee consulted the family service of Messe Düsseldorf asking for support with organising a short term care placement She was assigned a personal contact who looked for short term care facilities at the parents place of residence called them and made some hands on proposals In addition she suggested a care emergency call service for the period after short term care and looked for free capacities The family service even offered help with household chores www messe duesseldorf de PB 8 FOCUS TradeFairs Internation al 1 2019 GERMANY Work life balance In a ranking of Germany s most family friendly employers pub lished by German women s magazine Freundin in 2018 Messe Düsseldorf was among the top 100 Verwaltungsge bäude der Messe Düsseldorf Viele Mitarbeiter arbei ten aber auch vom Home Office aus Administration building of Messe Düsseldorf How ever many em ployees also work from home Ph ot o M es se D üs se ld or f C on st an ze T ill m an n

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