Editor: How do you feel about the idea of combining a career with a family?
Kotthaus: From my own experience, I know that it isn’t always easy to reconcile family interests with the demands of a career. As an employer, Gira is supportive and understanding, with benefits such as flexible working hours, the Gira childcare centre, advice and a mentoring scheme on parental leave, and individual solutions for any “conflicts of interest” that do arise.
The creation of my role as a Careers and Family Officer also shows how important it is for Gira to support employees in this area, which I think is fantastic.
Wieser: I have similar views. I think that enabling employees to combine work and a family life is an essential chapter in the development of a modern company like Gira, particularly in this day and age. From my experience as a teacher, I know how important this aspect is to parents. Gira has created a great concept to make this possible, and the childcare centre in particular provides a great deal of flexibility.