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Company: Deutsche Telekom Services Europe GmbH, Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Category: ;Achievement in Workplace Design - for More Than 100 Employees - Multiple

Entry Title: Additional Days Off - a self-determined and flexible part-time model

Achievement Essay:

Life offers more challenges than just a job. In addition to professional activity, leisure time is an important aspect of every employee. Whether family, training or hobbies are paramount in leisure time, it can be very important for employees to be able to flexibly increase the proportion of free time in order to better reconcile work and private life. The well-being of our employees is important to us, and Deutsche Telekom strives to support and promote this work-life balance. With "Additional Days Off", or ADO for short, a new part-time model was developed, which makes part-time even more attractive and allows part-time working to better meet certain needs of employees, such as greater flexibility for employees in the organization of their work and leisure time.

With this new part-time model, employees can determine their free time flexibly. Days on which no work is to be performed can be taken separate or en bloc by the employee. In contrast, free times for "classic" part-time work must be agreed in advance. In the new part-time model, the average weekly working time is reduced over a one-year period. The employee's remuneration is reduced proportionately in accordance with the reduction in the average weekly working time, but the employee actually performs the original, higher weekly working time. The delta between the reduced weekly working time and the actual higher weekly working time is used to provide additional days off with continued payment. The additional free days can already be used at the beginning of the ADO part-time. The additional free days are made available digitally in a contingent via the employee portal "MyPortal” and can be called up via the familiar application and approval procedure, analogous to the application for and approval of holiday leave. The model is planned to run for twelve months and can be repeated as often as required with a certain lead time. It can therefore be regarded as a "continuous part-time model with annual billing".

Within Deutsche Telekom, there was already a pilot model for employees outside collective wage agreements, the so-called "Blockfreizeit-AT”. Employees outside collective wage agreements have already had the opportunity to take additional days off en bloc. The ADO part-time model is to be offered to all executives, employees outside collective wage agreements and pay-scale employees as well as active civil servants and civil servants on leave from civil servants’ status throughout the domestic Deutsche Telekom Group.

;The pilot model “Blockfreizeit-AT” can thus be replaced and the flexible organization of working hours will be further expanded for all employees, with the possibility of taking the additional days off flexibly altogether or separately.

The advantages of the new part-time model “Additional Days Off” are obvious. ADO is an innovative,
transparent and easy to understand part-time model. The application process of the additional free days is familiar and simple. A high level of customer experience is ensured by the equivalence of the application and approval processes of ADO days with the familiar process of applying for and approving of holiday leave.

Owing to the flexible, self-determined arrangement of days off, this new part-time model brings major
improvements in work-life balance. ADO represents a clear plus in flexibility for employees, which once again strengthens the compatibility of work and private life. In addition, the working time sovereignty of employees significantly increases. Furthermore, due to the great flexibility in work and leisure time it is possible to adjust attendance times at peak hours or substitution times. In contrast, the rigid attendances in classical part-time leads to emergence of over-time. This accumulation of overtime can be avoided by ADO. As a result, this new part-time option greatly increases employees’ satisfaction and motivation. Last but not least, the vitality and solidarity with the company will rise.

Achievement Summary:

• Improvement of the work-life balance through flexible, self-determined arrangement of days off.
• Alignment of attendance times at peak hours or substitution times possible, instead of rigid attendances in classical part-time and thus emergence of overtime.
• Enhanced working time sovereignty.
• Increased employee satisfaction and motivation.
• Higher vitality and solidarity with the company.
• Transparent and easy to understand part-time model.
• Familiar and simple application process of the additional free days.



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