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Assuming responsibility at work and in private is a challenge that many employees face. On the one hand, they have obligations for children or dependent relatives, want to pursue hobbies or are restricted in their health. On the other hand, they want to get involved professionally, maybe even in a leadership position. The portrayed persons have all found an individual way to reconcile work and private life: some parents have found exceptional models for re-entry after parental leave or have agreed on that the father does most of the childcare. The portraits also show people who share a group management or a department management position or who have a leadership position in part-time.

The portraits are designed to encourage those facing particular challenges in reconciling work and private life to be courageous and imaginative to find their personal best path, even if it is – at least so far – rather unusual.

Role Models

Individual paths for the reconciliation of private and working life

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  • "The both of us didn't want the traditional family model."

    The portrayed female scientist started 10 years ago with a PhD scholarship at her institute.
    Six years ago, she was hired as a research associate. She has been deputy head of department
    for four years. Her husband works in the same department. Together they have a daughter in
    toddler age and a son in infancy. Currently, both work 40 percent to look after their
    son at home.

    Read on.
    Portrait 09
  • "Special is that you have responsibility around the clock.
    At the office, you are responsible for the employees and at home,
    you are responsible for your child."

    The portrayed female scientist has been working at her institute for 10 years.
    After the birth of her daughter, the female scientist went for parental leave
    for one year. Shortly after she returned to her old position, the management of
    a department was offered to her. She has been in charge of the department for
    one and a half years now and her daughter is three years old.

    Read on.

    Portrait 08
  • "A tandem only works with good coordination and absolute confidence."

    The portrayed female scientist A and the portrayed female scientist B jointly
    lead a department. Both work part time. Female Scientist A has a doctorate.
    She has been working at her research institute for almost 15 years. She is
    married and has a daughter and a son in primary school age.
    Female Scientist B started working as a research assistant for the research
    institute alongside her studies 8 years ago. She has been a research
    associate for 2 years.

    Read on.

    Portrait 07
  • "Although we work so much,
    we spend a lot of beautiful time with our children."

    The portrayed female scientist has been working at her Institute for more than
    20 years. She began her career as a research assistant. For the last seven years,
    she has been working as a department manager and recently became a professor at
    university. In favor of this new task, she has given up the management of the
    department, but she continues to work for her research institute. She is married,
    has a daughter with Down syndrome and a son.

    Read on.

    Portrait 06
  • "Role models were very important to me."

    The portrayed female scientist has been working at her research institute for
    10 years. The portrayed scientist has a doctorate and is a group leader at a university.
    Both are married and have a 14 months old son, whom they look after together.

    Read on.

    Portrait 05
  • "There is nothing special about taking on a leadership function
    and working part-time."

    The portrayed female scientist has been working at her institute for almost 20 years.
    Almost a year after she took over the leadership of a group, her son was born.
    Her son is now four years old. The female scientist is still a group leader and works
    part-time to be able to spend time with her son.

    Read on.

    Portrait 04
  • "A Dad home alone with a baby is really recommendable."

    The portrayed scientists both work at the same research institute. They are married
    and have two daughters, which are in kindergarten and elementary school age.
    The scientist has been at the Institute for seven years. When she started working
    for the institute, her first daughter was five months old and because of that,
    her father cared for her until her first birthday. The male scientist has a PhD and
    has been working at the Institute for two years.

    Read on.
    Portrait 03
  • "Instead of two bosses the employees now have two contact persons."

    The portrayed female Scientist and the portrayed male scientist lead a department
    of their research Institute jointly. The Institute has several locations. The two
    portrayed scientists work at a location that is rural without connection to an
    university town. The female scientist has a PhD and has been working for the
    institute for almost 10 years. She is married. The male scientist has a diploma
    and has been at the Institute for almost 20 years. He is married and has two
    children in primary school age. His wife works part-time at the same institute.

    Read on.
    Portrait 02
  • "The most beautiful time is when the five of us are together.
    That beats everything."

    The portrayed scientists have been working in the same department of a research
    institute for 10 years. Both are research associates and deputy group leaders.
    Today married, they first met during their studies. Nineteen months ago, they became
    parents of triplets. They organize the everyday family life on an equal footing and
    split all tasks half-half among themselves.

    Read on.
    Portrait 01

Would you also like to share your personal path of reconciliation?

Do you work part-time and have a leadership position at the same time? Do you share a leadership position? Do you care for family members or deal with other special challenges that affect the reconciliation of private life and work?
If you like to present your experiences and thereby contribute to new ideas and new perspectives we invite you to share your experiences on this homepage in your own portrait. Feel free to contact us.

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Do you have a leadership position in part-time?

  • What is your work position and how many people are under your responsibility?
  • How many hours do you work?
  • What advantages do you see in executing leadership in part-time?
  • What do you see as your personal challenge of part-time leadership?
  • What are the reactions from your professional and private environment to your working model?
  • Is there any advice or tip you would like to share with people in similar situations?

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Do you share a leadership position?

  • How do you and your co-leader organize your position?
  • How is the shared leadership model beneficial to you?
  • What do you see as a special challenge of shared leadership?
  • What are the reactions from your professional and private environment to your working model?
  • Is there any advice or tip you would like to share with people in similar situations?

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Are you a single parent?

  • What is your work position and how many hours do you work?
  • How do you reconcile work and private life?
  • Which special challenges do arise for you from being a single parent?
  • Which general conditions of your employer support you? Where is a need for improvement?
  • What would help you to reconcile your private and professional life even better?
  • Is there any advice or tip you would like to share with people in similar situations?

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Do you share the care of your child/children equally with your partner?

  • What is your work position and how many hours do you work?
  • What is your partner´s work position and how many hours does he or she work?
  • How many children do you have and how old are they?
  • What does your childcare model look like?
  • How did you come to an agreement on reconciling work and family life with your partner? Were you on the same page from the beginning?
  • What would help you to reconcile your private and professional life even better?
  • Is there any advice or tip you would like to share with people in similar situations?

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Are you privately in a position that challenges the reconciliation of private life and work?

  • What makes your position (professional and private) special?
  • How do you reconcile your professional and private life?
  • What are your special challenges?
  • What do you wish for reconciling your private and professional life even better?
  • Which general conditions of your employer support you and where is a need for improvement?
  • Is there any advice or tip you would like to share with people in similar situations?