Press archive 2014

03 January 2014

ebm-papst sets industry milestone by making working time more flexible

From the 1st February, the ebm-papst group, the world market leader in fans and motors, will introduce an innovative working time model at the company headquarters in Mulfingen.

With the new flexible working times, ebm-papst is setting a clear signal in work/life balance (Ralf Sturm, HR Director ebm-papst Mulfingen (left in the picture) and Alexander Kurz, Works Council Chairman at ebm-papst Mulfingen).
With the new flexible working times, ebm-papst is setting a clear signal in work/life balance (Ralf Sturm, HR Director ebm-papst Mulfingen (left in the picture) and Alexander Kurz, Works Council Chairman at ebm-papst Mulfingen).

Around 1,000 employees in the service divisions will in future be allowed to freely set their own working time. In the seventh site safeguarding agreement, named "A Working Alliance", the board of directors, works council and HR management wanted to set a clear example for work/life balance by enshrining flexible working time into the agreement.

Rainer Hundsdörfer, Chairman of Board of Directors of the ebm-papst Group: "Our business owes its success to the commitment of our staff and their dedication to ebm-papst. With the new working time model, we are moving from a working time culture based on attendance to one based on tasks. This means our employees will be best able to combine their work and family lives.

In the future, ebm-papst Mulfingen will have no core hours. Full-time staff can freely arrange their minimum working time of four hours and have independent control over their working time accounts. A traffic light model and the option of regular working time discussions help employees here as a way of measuring and controlling the number of hours worked.

"Our working culture puts people at the centre", says Alexander Kurz, Works Council Chairman at ebm-papst Mulfingen. Making our working time more flexible creates a more mature and responsible workforce and secures the long-term future of the site".

ebm-papst, winner of the German Sustainability Award 2013, is continuing on its successful path, with revenue growth of 10% to approximately € 730m in the first half of the current financial year (1 April - 30 September 2013). As a result of this sustained positive trend, the company is offering many new positions at its headquarters in Mulfingen. Year-on-year, the number of employees grew to almost 11,400 (+750 people).

Hauke Hannig
Head of Corporate Communication / Press Spokesperson ebm-papst Group
Phone: +49 7938 81-7105
Fax: +49 7938 81-97105
hauke.hannig@de.ebmpapst.com

ebm-papst Mulfingen GmbH & Co. KG
Germany
Bachmühle 2
74673 Mulfingen