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Flexibility and health

We want to provide our employees with modern, flexible work environments and arrangements. That's because we are convinced that there's a link between job satisfaction and employee health, motivation, and productivity. We also seek to help employees achieve a healthy work/life balance.


In 2013, we issued a global policy on home working to confirm existing practice and to ensure that we accommodate our employees' differing ways of working without adversely affecting everyday business. Our office environment, which has been designed according to the Smart Working concept in many locations, allows employees to choose their workspace based on their needs at a specific point in time. Approximately 27,000 employees now work in Smart Working environments in our offices worldwide.

At Credit Suisse, we consider employee health and safety to be of the utmost importance, and we have internal policies in place to help guarantee a safe office environment. Subject matter experts ensure that continuous safety improvements are made in line with local legal requirements. One example from 2019 is the introduction of a global Health & Safety Incident Reporting System, which considerably simplifies the evaluation of relevant statistics and thus supports the choice of appropriate accident prevention measures. In 2011, Credit Suisse became the first Swiss financial services provider to be awarded OHSAS 18001 certification (Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series) for its operations in Switzerland. We successfully renewed this certification in 2018.

Corporate Health Management implements various measures in Switzerland to help employees strengthen their resilience in an increasingly challenging environment. In collaboration with various specialist units, we run cross-divisional national events aimed at maintaining and promoting employee health. In 2019, we continued our mindfulness campaign which had been launched the previous year. The campaign included various offers to help our employees maintain and improve their resilience in an increasingly challenging environment. We have also increased paternity leave for our employees in Switzerland from five days to twelve days as of January 1, 2019. Furthermore, in 2016, Credit Suisse in Switzerland was awarded the "Friendly Work Space" label by Health Promotion Switzerland (Gesundheitsförderung Schweiz), demonstrating the successful implementation of our corporate health management framework. In 2019, Credit Suisse was successfully recertified.

In consultation with various specialist units, we have developed several offerings that help our employees to combine their professional and private commitments as effectively as possible. Many benefits are global in scope and are also available to partners and part-time employees:

  • Flexible working arrangements, such as part-time positions, job sharing, compressed working weeks and home working
  • Maternity, paternity and adoption leave
  • Advice on personal, health and financial problems
  • Since 2012, we have also offered support for employees in Switzerland who wish to care for sick or disabled relatives; this includes the provision of information and events, referrals to specialist support centers and advice on flexible working arrangements
  • Employees in many regions are able to use emergency childcare service as well as additional support with their personal and professional well-being
  • Nursing rooms for mothers
  • Multi-faith prayer rooms
  • A varied offering to promote employee health and well-being in the workplace, encompassing the areas of exercise, healthy eating, stress management and ergonomical workspaces
  • Benefits such as pension provision and study grants