Executives and people in leading positions should be present 24/7? These times are over. At Kaufland e-commerce, we make it possible to work in part-time – despite a leading role. We want to show you how this can look like, which advantages this model entails and how our employees are managing their role as leaders in part-time.
Working in part-time: A trend which is rising in popularity. A healthy work-life-balance becomes more and more important which makes part-time not the exception anymore. Whether it’s 25 or 35 hours – at Kaufland e-commerce we will find the perfect solution for you, customized to your needs. We don’t have any set-in-stone-models. But does this apply to people in leading positions as well? According to a study of the Institut der deutschen Wirtschaft, 13 percent of all executives worked part-time in 2023. We offer this option at Kaufland e-commerce as well. Learn why in the next paragraph.
Why we support leading in part time as an employer
Working part-time has a number of advantages, which we at Kaufland e-commerce live and support. We make no distinction here, even for management positions.
The advantages of part-time work:
- Flexibility: Picking up the kids from daycare, accompanying mom to her doctor’s appointment or simply relaxing at a yoga class: Part-time work makes many things possible that would otherwise be left aside. At Kaufland e-commerce, we offer flexible working hours and the opportunity to work remotely for both full-time and part-time employees. Working part-time, you benefit from an even better work-life balance.
- Health and Well-Being: Part-time work can reduce stress and the risk of burnout as there is more time for rest and relaxation. This can have a positive impact on your physical and mental health.
- 3. Opportunities for New Work Ideas and Further Education: A part-time job, evening studies or a position as a coach for a junior team: part-time employees have more time to pursue other projects, further their education or get involved in volunteer projects. This can expand professional skills and, in consultation with the Team Lead and our HR, create additional sources of income.
- 4. Inclusivity: Part-time work can be a way to integrate people into the working world who are unable to work full-time for various reasons. This creates more diversity and inclusivity in the company.
What leaders should consider if they want to work part-time
Despite the many benefits of part-time work, employees – especially people in leading positions – need to be aware of what is expected of them and their position. This can be particularly challenging for people with an executive responsibility. Clear goals and tasks, good organization and planning as well as communication with the team are essential here to make the part-time model a success.
And how does it work in practice?
Let us introduce our colleagues Teodor, Nina and Anna, who all hold management positions and work part-time. Read about their experiences and lessons learned from their job here: