Accommodating both career and children - we are introducing innovative childcare in the workplace. Working mothers and fathers deserve more support: our Sandburg Hubs are open-plan parent-child offices that provide professional childcare and a special architectural concept to give employees and self-employed people with children the opportunity to work stress-free while watching their children grow up.
Career and family - it works! Sandburg offers an innovative concept of childcare to combine a successful professional life with parenthood. Many want both - children and affirmation at work, family life and professional development opportunities. If both parents work, they face major challenges: How to take good care of the children during working hours? How to spend as much quality time with them as possible and at the same time meet the pressure to perform at work? A difficult balancing act that is often accompanied by feelings of guilt about not doing justice to either the work or the child. However, adequate childcare services and support for working parents have so far left much to be desired. Limited opening hours of external childcare facilities put additional pressure on parents. Companies that allow employees to work from home or organise childcare in the company help to better combine work and family. However, it is almost impossible for working parents to balance childcare and work at home. The Covid-19 crisis has presented parents working from home and their children around the world with precisely this challenge.
The Sandburg Hub model offers the optimal solution: Parents and children stay together in specially designed open-plan offices and professional childcare is right there in the room - for 12 hours per working day. This relieves the burden, removes feelings of guilt and promotes productive work. Our Proof of Concept has already shown: The Sandburg concept works! Features in Sandburg Hubs have dual functions: they serve to entertain the children and at the same time they are sound-attenuated to keep the noise level as low as possible. Parents can use soundproof room-in-room booths for phone calls and meetings. All materials used are non-toxic and padded wherever possible.
What is the project goal and who is the project for?
Our goal is to combine successful professional lives with parenthood. Our social system is currently not geared towards parents who enjoy their work and do not want to give up time with their child or their job. The Sandburg concept is an important step in the right direction: it offers mothers and fathers the opportunity to pursue their professional goals without missing out on the development of their children. We dispel the myth that children need to be completely separated from their parents in order for them to work effectively. Our Proof of Concept shows that both children and working parents are happier when they stay close to each other. And it means increased productivity for the parents!
Why would you support this project?
to promote equal opportunities and gender equality in our society
more flexibility for work and family
to promote family-friendly measures in companies and cities
to return to work after parental leave and do not yet have a daycare spot you are happy with for your baby
more time and a clear conscience for working parents
to spare working parents the tedious search for professional and loving childcare
to work effectively while seeing that your child is doing well
How will we use the money if the project is successfully funded?
We want to be financially self-reliant as soon as possible and are striving for long-term cooperation with companies, cities and municipalities that want to support working parents with family-friendly measures. We are already in touch with interested potential partners who want to support some of the workspaces in our hubs, i.e. an open-plan parent-child office according to Sandburg's unique room design: the facility serves to entertain the children and is sound-attenuating at the same time. Parents are thus able to work productively and undisturbed and decide for themselves when to spend time with their child. In the meantime, loving childminders take care of the little ones. With the minimum amount of €5,000, we will do public relations to win over companies and cities to open Sandburg Hubs. This amount also goes towards the acquisition of educators. If successfully funded with over €200,000, we can set up a flagship hub.
Sandburg is an internationally growing team of highly qualified and motivated specialists with a wide range of expertise. We work from Germany, Austria, England and Denmark to make the Sandburg concept a reality for working parents. All Sandburg employees work pro bono.
Austrian Romina Hafner designs office spaces for new ways of working and has transformed Sandburg's vision of open-plan parent-child offices into a compelling room design in 3D. Her motto: offices that are more than just the room you work in.