The IPB has held the Total-E-Quality Award continuously since 2010, having once again received it for the years 2016 through 2018.
Continuing to promote equal opportunities in natural science disciplines, thereby enabling the equality of women and men as well as the balance between career planning and family, is very important to the IPB. We are pleased that many of our employees have a multicultural background. The resulting diversity of people with their ideas, views and talents offers great potential, forming an ideal basis for new creative approaches to solutions and discoveries in top-level research. We are a multicultural research institution. Diversity as an everyday reality is successfully practiced by us. The “Equal Opportunity and Diversity Circle” intends to boost the promotion of various key topics:
Equality of women and men
Certain life phases such as periods of child care are taken into account, and are firmly anchored in our target agreement for the plan for the equality of women and men based on the Equality Implementation Agreement (AvGlei).
Naturally we also consider times in which the applicant provided family nursing care according to the Family Nursing Care Act (FPfZG), and if applicable other personal life circumstances or life phases.
In May of 2015 the IPB was notified by the President of the Leibniz Association that the institute is among the 20 Leibniz institutes in the leading group according to the survey “Research-Oriented Standards on Gender Equality in the Leibniz Association”. This special honor recognizes the commitment of those responsible for equal opportunities and serves as an incentive for intensifying further enduring activities in this field. Contact persons are our Equal Opportunity Commissioner Andrea Piskol and her deputy Petra Schäfer.
Women in management positions
Promoting the academic careers of female research associates up to their appointment to a professorship, given the corresponding scientific qualifications are obtained and this is part of their personal career planning, is of special importance to us.
Currently the IPB employs four scientific workgroup leaders, still at the beginning of their careers, who are highly motivated and have chosen this academic career path. They have successfully participated in mentoring programs with the support of the IPB: the Leibniz mentoring program of the WGL for outstanding female scientists, the Schering Foundation’s “Young Leaders in Science” and the mentoring program of Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) for female doctoral candidates. The IPB has a long and successful tradition of supporting new scientific talent up to the appointment to a professorship and ensuring a seamless transition. A W3 appointment of a junior research group leader at the IPB to the MLU in 2015 is the most recent example.
Employee appraisal interviews on the topic of work and career planning are held regularly in the area of scientific support. Information on continuing education programs is made available to all employees, in particular also including continuing education programs aimed especially at women. Training and continuing education events can of course be chosen by personal initiative. In-house seminars for a larger group of participants have gained attractiveness in recent years. In science, the possibility to attend conventions, meetings, workshops and similar events is part of the fundamental measures for further qualification, formation of networks and growth of knowledge. Continuing education programs offered by the state of Saxony-Anhalt or private providers can be used in addition to open up other professional perspectives. The internal continuing education offerings of the MLU are open to all IPB employees as well.
Opening up professional perspectives
The institute regularly takes part in the “Day of Professions”. We also run targeted advertisements in the student calendar “Future-Plan”. Student internships are very popular and actively promoted in some areas. By request the IPB offers institute tours for students, simultaneously informing them about the possibility of vocational training at the institute and in general about the stages of a scientific career.
Establishing awareness for the respective needs of the employees is an important basis of the family-friendly institute policy. These are often very different and depend on the respective family-related living situation (children, relatives in need of care, longer-term illness and so on). A friendly and open working atmosphere, tolerance, acceptance, support and flexibility as well as raising awareness among others (superiors and employees) form the foundation of the institute philosophy. The IPB has been a member of Dual Career Mitteldeutschland since October of 2010. Professional integration of both life partners in the central Germany region is the network’s central mission. Our goal is to gradually improve the balance between career planning and family. This includes among other things setting up a parents’ room and paying an advance on childcare costs for preschool children. All employees also have the option of flexible and family-friendly working hours. Part-time employment is always possible, also for limited time periods.
Integration Management & Health Circle
We have set the goal of maintaining and promoting the health of our employees.
Operational Integration Management helps overcome the inability to work early on, prevent repeated inability to work, and keep experienced employees in the workplace. It is part of Health Management. Operational reasons that led to the inability to work are determined. Services or measures that help prevent or reduce recurring time missed due to illness are subsequently discussed. Employees and the institute jointly find possibilities to establish a healthy working environment in order to maintain the working capacity of the employees over the long term.
The goal of the Health Circle established at the institute is to provide lasting support for the employees through concrete measures for individual and workplace-specific health promotion. An adequate budget was made available for this by the IPB starting in 2013. Physiotherapy treatment at the IPB facilities, Pilates, yoga and back health courses have been permanent offerings for the employees since then. The two IPB Health Days were successfully conducted, respectively with the participation of a health insurer, TÜV Rheinland (occupational medicine support at the IPB), Plasmaservice Halle and a physiotherapy practice. Presentations on topics such as the health care proxy and living will, nutrition, stress management and more are also organized as part of the Health Days. The members of the Health Circle, Operational Integration Management and Staff Council have been actively trained on the topic of health promotion among other things. Additional Health Days and a renewed employee survey at the given time are planned.
As a signatory of the Diversity Charter, the IPB is convinced that practicing diversity and the associated appreciation is a basis of creative cooperation. Individual, different potentials and perspectives offer great opportunities to advance new scientific ideas and potential solutions as effectively and creatively as possible.
Information about the General Equal Treatment Act (AGG)
The main objective defined in the AGG is to prevent or eliminate discrimination due to:
- Ethnic background
- Religion or ideology
- Sexual identity
The law is intended to help prevent discrimination in the workplace. Here the ban on discrimination not only applies to the employer but especially also among employees.
Note however that not all unequal treatment constitutes a disadvantage or discrimination!
2. Forms of discrimination
- Direct or indirect discrimination
- Harassment/sexual harassment
- Instruction to discriminate
Discrimination is when an employee due to
- ethnic background (skin color, ancestry, nationality etc.),
- sexual identity (including: heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual, transsexual and intersexual people),
- gender, or
is treated less well than another in a comparable situation.
Direct discrimination means a person has received or would receive less favorable treatment than a comparable person.
Indirect discrimination refers to seemingly neutral behaviors, regulations and rules that apply to everyone. In practice however these have the effect of discriminating against certain groups.
Harassment means unwanted behaviors that intimidate, offend or humiliate a person due to a characteristic and create or intend to create a hostile environment. Sexual harassment is a specific form of harassment.
The offense of sexual harassment is based on the offense of harassment with the addition of unwanted behavior of a sexual nature with the intent or effect of violating the dignity of the person in question.
3. Obligations of the employer
The employer is obligated to take all required steps to protect against discrimination, including preventive measures. Informing and educating the employees about the problem of discrimination in the workplace is a preventive measure.
4. Rights of the person concerned
- Right to complain
- Right to refuse performance
- Compensation and damages
- Ban on disciplinary treatment
Violations of the General Equal Treatment Act (AGG) may have consequences under public services and employment law.
The ombudsman according to the AGG is Ms. Andrea Piskol.
The ombudsman has to review the content of the complaint and notify the complainant about the result of this review.