15 November 2017 • Gideon Wille
HR policy that is amenable to family care
On 10 November 2017, National Family Care Day, THUAS was presented by alderman Karsten Klein with an acknowledgement of its HR policy that is amenable to family care.
One in six employees in the Netherlands has to deal with caring for a family member. So, this also includes many of our colleagues. That is why we demand a focus on family carers. It turns out that what is important for family carers, alongside the schemes available, is consideration and acknowledgement. This makes it easier for them to combine their work and caring duties.
The acknowledgement of family care was introduced by the Work & Family Care Foundation (Stichting Werk & Mantelzorg). Although it is not a certificate or a quality mark, it does show that the organisation is performing well in the area of work and family care. The acknowledgement is presented to organisations that open the theme of work and family care for discussion, point out to employees the statutory schemes for leave and flexible working solutions and offer tailor-made solutions. In order to gain the acknowledgement, Human Resources Management worked with the Family Care research group.
The Family Care Research Group has made a film on the theme of family care. In the film, lecturer Joost van Vliet discusses his experiences when he unexpectedly had to care for his sick wife. His programme managers Peter Paulus and Deirdre Beneken genaamd Kolmer, head of the Family Care research group responded. Family carers can also be found among our students.
As the acknowledgement shows, THUAS takes family care seriously. For employees, there is the sustainable employability scheme, that can also be deployed for care obligations. The collective labour agreement also allows for carer’s leave for a certain period (article J-11).