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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. In addition, the Smart Working concept has now been rolled out in certain business areas across our different regions. Launched in 2010 as a global strategic initiative, the Smart Working Program aims to deliver an attractive work environment that allows employees to choose their workspace based on their current needs and therefore supports flexible and mobile working. Approximately 17,000 employees now work in Smart Working environments in our offices worldwide.

At Credit Suisse, we assign the utmost importance to employee health and safety and have internal policies in place to help guarantee our employment conditions meet the highest standards. Specialized teams help to ensure that continuous safety improvements are made in accordance with local legal requirements. 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.

The Corporate Health Round Table initiates and coordinates all measures within the framework of Credit Suisse's corporate health management in Switzerland. In collaboration with various specialist units, we run events aimed at maintaining and promoting employee health at a national level across all divisions. Furthermore, in 2016, Credit Suisse in Switzerland was awarded the "Friendly Work Space" label from Health Promotion Switzerland (Gesundheitsförderung Schweiz), demonstrating the successful implementation of Corporate Health Management. Recertification is planned in 2019.

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