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Every second employee is about to retire - the district office relies on training


In the next ten to 15 years, around half of the district office's workforce will retire. This exacerbates the already existing problems of finding staff.

In the next ten to 15 years, around half of the district office's workforce will retire.

This exacerbates the already existing problems of finding staff.


– It's still best to do it yourself, as the saying goes.

And this wisdom can also be applied to some extent to the personnel policy of the district office.

According to Managing Director Georg Leis, they are increasingly focusing on hiring career changers.

Although they usually bring the urgently needed specialist knowledge with them, they usually lack the knowledge of administrative processes.

"But that can be changed," says District Administrator Andrea Jochner-Weiss.

102 employees of the district office are currently undergoing training.

This means that one in six employees is currently still studying alongside work.

The motivation of those affected is high, as Leis says, passing employee training courses is often associated with the prospect of moving up to a higher salary level.

But money is not everything.

No one knows this better than the District Attorney's Office.

There is no conurbation allowance in the district, such as is still normally paid in Starnberg.

And the so-called labor market allowance, which even some towns and communities in the district pay, is off the table at least for the time being at the district office with a view to the district's budget.

Home office and compatibility of work and family

"We try to be an attractive employer in other ways," says the district administrator.

She points out that working from home is offered and is actively used.

So much so that people are now thinking about whether in the future every part-time worker will really have their own desk in the office or whether it is not enough to set up temporary workspaces shared by several colleagues.

In addition, great attention is paid to the compatibility of family and work, and various models have been developed, District Administrator Jochner-Weiss continued.

There are around 100 to 150 job changes at the District Office each year.

An immense number in view of the fact that a good 600 people work at the district office.

Not all new appointments cause a storm of jubilation among those responsible at the district office.

Word has gotten around that the administrative staff are well trained.

"Some headhunters don't even shy away from calling people directly at their desks on their company phone," reports the district administrator.

That's not good style.

Training instead of expensive “headhunters”

The district office does not use the services of these headhunters, who use bonuses to poach employees for specific jobs.

The only exception are doctors at the Weilheim-Schongau GmbH hospital, according to Andrea Jochner-Weiss.

“Otherwise we have no problem finding enough applicants.

The problem is often more their qualifications," says Managing Director Georg Leis.

But something can be done about it, adds the district administrator: "Training, training, training."

Recently, the district office has also offered a dual course of study for prospective social workers.

In general, she cannot understand reports that the younger generation is no longer as committed as those before her, adds Jochner-Weiss: "Our young people who work here are great!"

They have to be too, because sooner or later more responsibility will rest on their shoulders.

"The average age of the employees of the district office is now 47 years," says Leis.

Like all statistics, however, this one is also deceptive, because both the very young trainees and those who are about to retire are recorded.

Another figure is more meaningful: "Around 50 percent of the workforce will retire in the next 10 to 15 years," explains Leis.

This means that in addition to normal fluctuation, up to 300 new positions will have to be filled in the coming years.

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Source: merkur

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