Warentest up close

Warentest up close

Sounds like a cool job: get paid, go shopping, and get paid to go shopping. Ten ladies and gentlemen have such a job: they are shoppers at stiftung warentest. Their errands are an essential point for the preparation programs. But it takes between six and twelve months before the buyers can go out, laboratories are commissioned to carry out tests, and the results are published in the test booklets or on the stiftung warentest website.

Advisory board decides on program

"before the examinations, an advisory board with representatives of suppliers, consumers and independent institutions will discuss the market situation and the examination program, determine the program and send it to the suppliers", explains holger brackemann, head of investigations at the stiftung warentest foundation in berlin. The review program will be based on a "comprehensive approach that includes the product characteristics relevant to the consumer."

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District office again receives seal of approval

For district administrator michael busch, family friendliness is a top priority, according to a press release. That’s why he was so committed to the "work and family audit" project back in 2011, an initiative of the hertie foundation, used in the district office. "We need good working conditions for our employees so that the day-to-day organization of work and family life is successful and the health and motivation of our employees are maintained, declared the district administrator.

Oriented to need

The "work and family audit focuses more strongly on relevant compatibility issues and concentrates on content that calls for a family-conscious HR policy and corporate culture. "Working on it moves a lot and opens up opportunities for employers and employees", says district administrator busch. Whether in the areas of working hours, place of work, personnel development, leadership, information, or service for families, the objectives and measures plan is based on the needs of the employees and at the same time takes into account the organizational structures of the district office. "A worthwhile investment, says tanja bacher-surgers, equal opportunities officer and responsible for implementing the project "because each of us has people around us for whom we feel responsible, and about whom we want to take care.".
Particularly at a time when demands are increasing and the world of work is becoming more complex and demanding, there is a need for challenging conditions so that everyday working life and family life do not become a test of endurance. As an employer, it is essential to meet the changing demands and life changes of employees in order to secure its position as an attractive employer in the future.

For the third time

The district office has now been certified for the third time for its investment in a family-conscious personnel policy and awarded the seal of approval. This makes it clear that the project is aimed at increasing self-management of the issue in the long term. Many activities have now become established, such as the care of elementary school children on bub- und bettag, the health day with many activities on all health topics, and the dialog with executives. It has been possible to give a new priority to issues of compatibility. Work-time models that fit perfectly, flexible working hours and time off for family tasks are a clear sign that the district administration wants to support its employees as an employer.

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Beekeeper from ebern explains the importance of bees

Beekeeper from ebern explains the importance of bees

The bees fly in and out, diligently bringing pollen. Several beehives stand close together here. One should approach them only very carefully. It could be that the insects don't like it so much when you just walk around their apartment like that, no matter what. "Don't worry, our bees don't sting", says helmut sperber and laughs. The chairman of the ebern beekeepers' association reassures the reporter: "don't be afraid."

The association has a small land near fierst, on which he keeps several bee colonies. Young beekeepers learn how to deal with insects here, it is the beekeeper's classroom in the great outdoors. On the occasion of honey day, which is held every two years, the people of ebern opened their doors to visitors and gave them an insight into their work.

Protective clothing: not a must
Sperber and fellow organic beekeeper hermann bastian open a beehive. Bastian pulls out a honeycomb plate. Protective clothing? "It works without", says the 74-year-old. The experienced beekeeper is happy to accept a few stings anyway (yes, the bees from ebern do sting): "that's healthy."

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“Straitjacket of gender roles” can make people ill

In most cases, children on the threshold of puberty already have a very pronounced gender role model – regardless of whether they grow up in poor or rich, liberal or conservative societies.

This is the result of a rough study in the "journal of adolescent health". "We have found that children at a very young age very quickly internalize the myth that girls are vulnerable and boys are strong and independent," said robert blum, the head of the study. "This myth is constantly reinforced from all sides, by siblings, schoolmates, teachers, parents, educators, relatives, clergy and sports coaches."

If children try to free themselves from these roles, young people in particular are threatened with negative consequences. They were bullied, smoked into, and even physically assaulted.

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Swiss post: data processing in rough style

swiss post: data processing in rough style

A poster on one of the aisles sums up the business model of swiss post solutions, or SPS for short: "we connect the physical and the digital world", it says.
The swiss postal service subsidiary specializes in providing information and document processing services to other companies. This usually starts with paper and ends with digital files. "The customer then no longer receives a form addressed to him, but only the digital form", says michael auerbach.

New headquarters

Auerbach is managing director of SPS germany and head of 1313 employees. For five years it has been in bamberg, where the SPS headquarters are located. Originally located on the kronach road. Since april the company address is "am borstig 5", opposite the bosch plant part 4. The two-story building there had already been used by the SPS before. "We have completely renovated and redesigned the buror rooms", reports auerbach. "Now there are 150 jobs more available."
450 employees work here in the north of bamberg, another 295 not far away at michelinstrabe in hallstadt.
SPS customers are usually large corporations: allianz, amazon, siemens, bayer or deutsche bahn are among them. But banks, the AOK and the federal employment agency also use the outsourcing solutions offered by the subsidiary of the swiss postal service.

Data to vietnam

Auerbach keeps quiet about what exactly is done for whom. For some customers, SPS even operates post offices on their premises. Otherwise, the core business is so-called "document input". An example: invoices received by an SPS customer arrive in bamberg at the borstig with the (german) post office, are opened, scanned and read by machine. "What can't be read out goes to vietnam", says auerbach. By this he means the electronic forwarding of scanned data to the sister company SPS vietnam. The 1600 employees there complete what the machines have not fully grasped. This has also been the case since the new EU data protection regulation came into force. "We checked with the authorities. That's possible.", says auerbach.

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A sensible decision

A sensible decision

He served on the steinbach town council for 14 years, the last four as second mayor. This is now to be the end. Also surprising for the political environment christian schulz announced his resignation as second mayor and CSU-councillor on wednesday afternoon. A successor for the deputy of the first mayor, klaus loffler, has not yet been determined.
He has lived his mandate intensively, he explained in a conversation with the frankischer tag, he is a steinbacher with body and soul and he knows how to appreciate his homeland. It is noticeable to the 54-year-old that his decision was not easy for him. He wanted to play an active role in shaping his home: "I didn’t just want to talk, I really wanted to do something. That was the impetus for him to get involved in local politics.
"Den schulz", all the citizens of the municipality of steinbach am wald know him. He is an institution in the fire department. For more than 20 years, he has held the office of commander of the steinbach fire department. He sometimes acted as an interface, for example, when it came to cooperation between the local fire departments or presenting the concerns of the firefighters to the community.

A close friendship

Schulz is someone who is not afraid to take on responsibility. He coordinated the rennsteig fair behind the scenes last year together with the mayor, klaus loffler. "His mayor made it easy for him, says schulz in praise of his "boss. Klaus loffler has given him a lot of freedom in his municipal work. In spite of everything, however, he has noticed in recent weeks that he is reaching the limits of his health and cannot switch off from local politics.
"It was an excellent cooperation and an optimal interaction between the first and second burgermeister", says klaus loffler with a mixture of concern and understanding in his voice. The two are linked by a close friendship. "Schulz has done a great job", he praises. What is important now is his health and his family. CSU faction chairman markus loffler speaks of a "full-blooded local politician, who must have found his decision difficult. "I regret the resignation, but I have to accept his decision."

Not an april joke

The deputy chairman of the CSU parliamentary group, thomas loffler (windheim), speaks of a new situation and necessary personnel decisions, which must be met in a meeting. The CSU has several potential candidates for mayor, he said. In view of the fact that the managing official, thomas kotschenreuther, who is considered to be a candidate for mayor, is, like loffler, of the opinion that a deputy mayor and a candidate for mayor do not have to be a personal matter.
"We still have no 1.April", SPD faction chairman klaus neubauer reacted to the resignation of christian schulz. He has worked a lot with schulz in recent months, but there have been no signs that schulz is resigning from office. Neubauer speaks of a loss for the CSU steinbach am wald.
Whether it is now – after a potential successor for the office of mayor has fallen away with schulz – easier for the SPD faction to bring through an SPD candidate in the case of an election of klaus loffler as district administrator, neubauer did not want to say anything about it: "we must first become clear to ourselves within our faction."

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