Mecklenburg-Vorpommern's Minister for Labour, Gender Equality, and Social Welfare, Birgit Hesse, visited the Capita site in Anklam on Friday. The visit to the Hanseatic city branch of one of the largest European providers of outsourcing and customer management was part of the state politician's summer tour with the aim of finding out about various labour and social policy issues such as work-life balance, integration of long-term unemployed people, and accessible work at selected companies and enterprises in the region. The minister was received at the site in the city centre by the Chief Executive Officer of Capita Germany, Markus Meurer, and the Anklam site manager, Stephan Lazar.
"It's an exciting visit for me because one the one hand relatively young people work here and on the other hand many women are employed here. This almost automatically raises the question of balancing work and family," said Mecklenburg-Vorpommern's Minister of Labour, Gender Equality, and Social Affairs, Birgit Hesse, “and the company has found ways to meet its employees' needs in this respect."
"We are very pleased that Minister Hesse visited our site and thus gained her own idea of our personnel work," asserted Markus Meurer, CEO of Capita Germany, welcoming the on-site visit to the Anklam site. "This gave us the opportunity to address a number of issues and to raise region-specific questions that are important both for many employees and for us as an employer. Such an exchange is beneficial and desirable for constructive cooperation between politics and business."
Anklam is one of a current total of eleven Capita sites in Germany and has mainly focused on the IT and telecommunications sectors since it opened seven years ago. As the largest employer in the region and a training organisation certified by the Chamber of Industry and Commerce, Capita Anklam currently employs 389 people, including five trainees.
"In today's fundamentally changed and changing society, it is our goal as an employer to create flexible and fair framework conditions and to encourage and deploy our employees individually, but also to take care of their health and well-being. At Anklam, we implement measures such as occupational health management, implementing the minimum wage with no ifs and buts, supporting work-life balance through special working time models such parent or split shifts, and integrating people with disabilities by developing accessible workplaces, just as consistently and sustainably as at all other sites in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland," explains Anklam site manager Stephan Lazar, referring to Capita's cross-site corporate philosophy.