Balancing Career and Family at Runtastic
Ever since our founding in 2009, Runtastic has continued to grow. Both within our team and within our team’s families!
The majority of Runtastics are at the age when many people start having kids. And while we are excited for our colleagues’ babies, this growth challenges the company and the parents. So, what do we do? How do we help our parents successfully manage their careers and families?
Believe it or not, we have almost 80 Runtastic kids at this point!
A Flexible Environment
Our flexible working hours make it easier for Runtastic parents to balance their responsibilities at home and work. Everyone’s family is different, so we try to find individualized working-hour models that suit our Runtastic parents’ needs.
We allow employees to choose between various part-time models and our flexible hybrid work approach. Hybrid work allows most employees to decide whether they work from Runtastic’s office, their Austrian home, and up to 20% of their time at another location. So, our Runtastics can spend up to two months working abroad. Back in Austria, the flexibility to work from home comes in handy in case of family emergencies.
And while it’s usually easier to focus without toddlers in the background, bringing kids to work is sometimes helpful. We have no official policy about children in the workplace and support our colleagues who need to.
Thanks to libraries, chatty colleagues, and a slide in our Linz office, our young visitors rarely get bored in our locations.
We offer six vacation weeks (one more than the standard five Austrian vacation weeks) and ask all staff to take two of those weeks during the end-of-year holiday season. We hope this helps families avoid daycare struggles during school breaks.
The Benefits of Living in Austria
While we have supported some of our team members to work from certain European countries, we must mention that raising a family in Austria has benefits.
One is the Papamonat, where fathers can legally take off a month to care for their newborn. Another is the shared parental leave which can last up to two years. Finally, the nearly-free educational system. We are so lucky to live in such a privileged place!
Our international colleagues highlight how much they appreciate Austria’s safety and the international schools in our major cities.
Admittedly, there is still room for improvement. For example, there are limited daycare options for kids under 18 months. Still, Austria provides more family support than many countries.
Team Spirit is one of our core values. We welcome the new viewpoints and perspectives that parents often provide. And we strive to help each other out.
That’s why we encourage teamwork within our flexible working environment. We don’t want our staff working from home to be plagued by a guilty conscience. We understand when a colleague must take time off for family emergencies, doctor’s appointments, and other personal needs.
Balancing a career and family is not easy. We use flexible working-hour models, every resource our family-friendly country offers, and create a supportive work environment to make balancing family and work-life easier.
Do you want to join a team of like-minded individuals? Check out our Careers page for open roles!