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Work-life balance

At Sonova, we promote an environment in which work is much more than just a job. We believe that there are two factors that determine a successful day-to-day working life: performance and happiness every day. In other words, we don’t just get the job done – we have fun doing it!

We actively promote this through numerous initiatives suited to the respective place of work and have been awarded with the Prix Balance ZH. Our service portfolio for employees at the head office in Stäfa comprises the following four areas:


Our aim is to enable our employees to harmonize their working and personal lives and we support this through: 

Flexible working arrangements

Sonova is part of the cross-divisional Work Smart Initiative, which aims to actively promote flexible working models. We support working arrangements such as part-time work, job-sharing, trust-based working hours, and home offices.

Annual leave

We offer our employees at least 22 days of annual leave – up to 30 days depending on their age. In addition to this, employees are given a company vacation period between Christmas and New Year. Sonova also allows its staff to apply for unpaid leave or to “purchase” additional vacation. A maximum of ten days in total may be purchased per calendar year depending on the level of employment. With this offering, Sonova is assuming a pioneering role on the Swiss labor market.


Being healthy and active, efficient and motivated and having a zest for life: This is the meaning of Body&Mind, Sonova’s Group-wide health initiative. The four pillars of exercise, relaxation, nutrition, and medical care form the core of the initiative. Sonova regularly carries out specific activities for each of these four areas:


  • Sports events such as ski weekends, bike tours, and squash and badminton nights
  • Groups for 11 different types of sports ran by employees and external coaches
  • Sports changing rooms with showers are provided


  • Yoga and pilates
  • Sauna and swimming pool
  • Medical massages


  • Extensive breakfast and salad buffet
  • Free apple every day in the winter months and every Monday during summer
  • Health, calorie, and juice weeks

Medical care

  • Free flu vaccination and medical check-up
  • Emergency care (treatment and training)
  • Addiction counselling (e.g. on how to give up smoking)

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As a family-friendly company, we actively support the compatibility of having a career and a family. We therefore support parents with the following services:

Day care

Employees’ children can attend our “Gwunderfitz” day care center, located right next to Sonova’s head office in Stäfa. The center is managed by the familyservice. Additionally our employees have priority access in all other day cares of the familyservice network across Switzerland and benefit from generous financial support.

Maternity and paternity leave

The birth of a child is a very special event for the whole family. In order to provide additional relief,  mothers are entitled to a paid maternity leave of 14 weeks for the birth of a child. This is increased by two weeks to 16 weeks from the second year of employment onwards. Paternity leave is ten days (in line with the level of employment). Sonova also offers an adoption leave of ten days.

For the duration of their statutory 14 or 16 week maternity leave, mothers receive 100% of their contractually agreed gross salary that they were receiving before the birth.

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We promote sustainable mobility with a range of services:

  • Generous financial contribution to the ZVV BonusPass
  • Free annual bike check-up
  • Company participation in the “Bike to Work” initiative
  • Employees are made aware of the issue of mobility and informed about the latest trends and opportunities in relation to the topic at annual Smart Mobility days.

We are proud that our services meant that we were able to increase the proportion of employees at our head office in Stäfa who commute to work using public transport from 40% to 60% over the past ten years.