In its response to the consultation, CEC European Managers has emphasized the specificity of managers’ needs owing to their distinct tasks and responsibilities while underlining the importance of promoting an effective distribution of tasks among men and women, hence stimulating a higher participation of women in the working population.
CEC European Managers has participated in the second phase consultation of the social partners addressing the challenges of work-life balance. The initiative aims at collecting the social partners’ positions regarding the adoption of new legislative measures for improving the balance between private and professional life, especially with respect to parental leave and care of elderly people.
In its proposal, CEC has emphasized the specificity of managers’ needs owing to their distinct tasks and responsibilities while underlining the importance of promoting an effective distribution of tasks among men and women, hence stimulating a higher participation of women in the working population. These measures, aligned with the necessary enhancement of infrastructure such as childcare, may contribute to catch up with the problems related to the demographic change and economic growth.
Strengthening the participation of women to the labour market by increasing their presence in management structure, has been a central issue to CEC and its members as the European project promoting women in leadership positions demonstrated.
In the interest of promoting the equal repartition of tasks amongst women and men, the CEC demands to grant the same amount of benefits, applying to short-term leaves after birth as well as to the more long-term parental leave. The two measures shall be implemented in a manner allowing an easy reintegration to the professional life. Therefore, CEC favours an approach based on flexible modalities defining different aspects of paid leaves such as teleworking, an easier access to part time work or shared work.
With regards to paid leave for health care, CEC encourages solutions adapted to the specific needs of the persons involved. Due to the difficulties in defining specific minimal criteria, the most important contribution in terms of support to the care-givers lies in supplying equipment and external support infrastructure which shall be professional, reliable and affordable.