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SPAR Austria Central Office recognised for family-friendliness and work-life balance

May 25, 2021 IN THE CATEGORY: Awards and prizes

The Austrian Ministry of Labour, Family and Youth has for the third time awarded the SPAR Austria Central Office in Salzburg with the quality mark ‘berufundfamilie’ (‘work and family’). This quality mark is awarded to organisations that have created a framework for a more balanced and family-friendly working environment.

A good balance between work and family is a decisive factor in employee satisfaction. Employees who have a good work-life balance are often more satisfied and change employers less frequently.

Family-friendly measures

The quality mark audit defines measures offering added value to employees over a three-year period. A project group at the SPAR Austria Central Office set the working environment goals in cooperation with the works council made up of SPAR Austria employees, the SPAR Board, and an external auditor.

SPAR Austria has over the past years implemented a comprehensive parental leave policy, supporting team members from the announcement of pregnancy to re-entry after parental leave. SPAR Austria’s central office also offers family-friendly training, allowing team members to spend more time at home with their family.

In addition, SPAR organises a one-week Summer Kids Camp supporting employees with childcare in the summer months. SPAR Austria also trains managers on the important topic of reconciliation to support them in creating a good working environment.

A separate ‘berufundfamilie’ index was generated as part of an employee survey reflecting employee satisfaction regarding SPAR Austria’s family-friendly measures.

Balanced private and work life

“For us as a family business, making it possible to combine work and family is not a bonus but a matter of course. The various measures contribute significantly to keeping the private and work life of our colleagues in balance. The positive feedback from employees encourages us on our way”, said SPAR Austria CEO Fritz Poppmeier.

Source: SPAR Austria

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About SPAR Austria

The origins of SPAR in Austria date back to 1954, but the current SPAR AG was created in 1970 when the original founding families joined with other regional wholesalers to form SPAR Austria AG – a 100% privately owned Austrian company.

With licences granted by SPAR International, ASPIAG (Austria SPAR International AG) has developed the brand in Slovenia, Hungary, Croatia, and Northern Italy.