On 7 January 2013, Professor Thorsten Posselt, Director of the Fraunhofer Center for International Management and Knowledge Economy, opened the new “parent-child office” at the institute. As of now, all employees who are working parents or guardians can make use of the “parent-child office” (MiKi office, from the German “Mit-Kind”, for short), thereby making it even easier to reconcile childcare with their working time.
The MiKi office consists of a fully equipped PC workstation, including a telephone and printer. In addition, the room is modern, has been lovingly furnished and contains everything to make a child’s heart beat faster. A cosy play and reading corner, lots of books, a child-friendly desk for drawing and craftwork, a pretend shop, a variety of games for ages 0 to 12 years and much more await the institute’s offspring. The MiKi office is intended, firstly, for emergency situations, such as if childcare is cancelled at short notice or children are taken ill. Secondly, the individual office can be used to make the return to work after parental leave easier. When it comes to the compatibility of work and family, Fraunhofer IMW is striving to provide even more support to working parents and is seeking to meet the needs of the employees in their respective personal situations by reaching agreements on a case-by-case basis.