The right family-work balance is a significant challenge for employees with care responsibilities. It is important for them to enjoy a happy family life and at the same time to advance in their careers. Since its beginning, IST Austria has tried to support all employees in balancing family and work in their lives.

In order to further improve the situation, IST Austria decided to participate in the “workandfamily” audit. Supervised by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Families and Youth, it developed a set of family-friendly measures to increase employee satisfaction and motivation. For its efforts so far, IST Austria received the “basic certificate” in November 2014. Once all new measures are implemented, the research institute will be awarded the “full certificate” in fall 2017.