PI 126-13 2014-01-03

Working time models

Off to new peaks: Wolfgang Toschka (63) will be found more often in the mountains, starting this year, for his release phase of partial retirement has begun.

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“I can't wait to retire!” Almost everyone has said this before. When retirement actually comes closer, decisions must be made. Rosel Mayer (60) and Wolfgang Toschka (63) have chosen unblocked partial retirement. This shows how individually the last working years can be organized.

“In one piece or rather in slices?” The well-known butcher’s question some employees ask themselves after participating in an informational event regarding partial retirement. For this reason, in Homburg/Saar, they can talk to the HR Director about ideas regarding the last working years. Müller knows: “Partial retirement is an quite individual matter. We want to meet the employees’ personal needs as long as it doesn’t interfere with company interests. For us, this also includes partial retirement in shift work; that's still not an obvious choice nowadays.”

There is a difference between blocked and unblocked partial retirement. In the blocked option, the ratio between work and time-off is 50:50. The company also appreciates it, though, when the employee passes on his knowledge to younger colleagues. In one of the unblocked options, the person reduces his working hours down to half during the entire partial retirement. Rosel Mayer, for example, will work for 3.5 hours instead of 7 each working day for 5 years. She started her partial retirement in June of 2012 and is therefore in the second of 5 years. Rosel Mayer is pleased with the engagement of the Homburg HR department: “I’m glad it all worked out”, explains the mother of three who started working for Bosch Rexroth in the assembly department in 1980.

Duty calls, time and time again

Working less and spending the rest of the day between gardening, the TV and the coffee table? This is only a nice vision for a few people interested in partial retirement, because “many requests regarding partial retirement arise due to the need to care for relatives in need”, Müller explains. Rosel Mayer, for example, is more and more needed in the care for her mother. With her working hours from 6 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and clever day-planning, she can reduce the help of expensive care personnel and is always available in the late morning to take care of her mother. Her mother therefore doesn't need to move into a home and Rosel Mayer can give back to her: “after all, my mother made it possible for me to work when I was a young mother.”

In Schwieberdingen, close to Stuttgart, where Bosch Rexroth manufactures gear pumps and gear motors, technician Wolfgang Toschka benefits from partial retirement. His family requirements: diapers instead of gears. The grandchild needs regular care. Wolfgang Toschka has therefore chosen a 3-phase option of partial retirement: He will first work 100%, then 50%, and in the 3rd phase 0% of his previous working hours. In the process, saving-phases and reduction-phases had to mirror the plan in its chronological order. “When I found out about partial retirement, I was immediately interested. I discussed it with my boss and he suggested I could work this off in seven-hour days.” Toschka has been at Bosch since 1966 and worked on a full-time basis until 01 May 2012. Since then, the 50% working hours are spread out over 17.5 hours (2 to 3 days) a week. As of 01 January 2014, the release phase of the four-year partial retirement begins, until Toschka turns 65 years old.

Competitive cyclists and mountain climbers

The salary adjustment makes partial retirement attractive. Generally speaking, the employee gets a pay-out of 82% of the monthly net salary, although he only works half the time. This is exactly the point that needs to be determined case by case. Mentally, many employees, like Rosel Mayer, appreciate the gradual exit from the working world. “If you have always worked, you don't want to just quit abruptly after 40 years.” And when the day for retirement comes? “Then the energy is invested in longer bicycle tours”, Mayer is happy to say. Toschka still enjoys his work at Bosch, even after 47 year of service, and he can already enjoy his passion, hiking in the high mountains, today on his extended weekends. The mountain climber summarizes for himself: “Partial retirement optimizes the quality of life.”

Economical, precise, safe, and energy efficient: drive and control technology from Bosch Rexroth moves machines and systems of any size. The company bundles global application experience in the market segments of Mobile Applications, Machinery Applications and Engineering, Factory Automation, and Renewable Energies to develop innovative components as well as tailored system solutions and services. Bosch Rexroth offers its customers hydraulics, electric drives and controls, pneumatics, gear technology, and linear motion and assembly technology all from one source. With locations in over 80 countries, more than 37,500 associates generated sales revenue of approximately 6.5 billion euros in 2012.

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The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. In fiscal 2012, its roughly 306,000 associates generated sales of 52.5 billion euros. Since the beginning of 2013, its operations have been divided into four business sectors: Automotive Technology, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 360 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 50 countries. If its sales and service partners are included, then Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. Bosch spent some 4.8 billion euros for research and development in 2012, and applied for nearly 4,800 patents worldwide. The Bosch Group’s products and services are designed to fascinate, and to improve the quality of life by providing solutions which are both innovative and beneficial. In this way, the company offers technology worldwide that is “Invented for life.”

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