Conservative, rigid and structured, unless the danger of failure requires a more flexible attitude.
What do I need to know about verbal and non-verbal communications? Like in Canada, keep an acceptable distance when speaking to someone.
Kissing on the cheeks is only between good friends. A handshake when you meet somebody is usual. Making eye contact is important to show openness and confidence. There is nothing wrong with underlining your expressions with gestures and facial expressions as long as they remain moderate.
The tone of voice should be moderate.
Older Germans are generally formal when they greet strangers and each other. Both women and men tend to shake hands. Younger people tend to be more intimate and often say hello and goodbye with a kiss on the right cheek, between women, and between women and men.
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People almost always make eye contact when greeting, and conversing. Looking away from a person when addressing them will be frowned upon and could negatively affect relations. In business settings and especially bureaucratic-government roles, assertiveness appears to be a touchstone of the workplace.
Responding firmly and confidently may be useful in developing a rapport and establishing a professional or personal relationship with people.
Restaurants are one place where Canadians will find German culture to be quite different than in Canada. Germans aggressively beckon wait staff when they wish to order, or request the check.
A loud clearing of the throat or raised waving hand are two commonly used gestures. Tipping is generally done, although rather than tip a percentage of the bill, patrons will simply round up the charge and tell the staff what they are prepared to pay.
Cultural Information - Display of Emotion Question: Are public displays of affection, anger or other emotions acceptable? To articulate affection, anger or other emotions is both acceptable and common.
You have the right to intervene e. Overall, Germans are cool to overt public displays of affection. Imagine a massive Gay Pride parade, a gigantic rave and searing heat, all rolled into one expressively colourful day. Young Germans naturally smash such taboos. Showing lots of skin and couples kissing in the town square are done in Deutschland by the young.
But all in all, expect most Germans to be pretty conservative about showing affection in public places. What should I know about the workplace environment deadlines, dress, formality, etc. The dress code and the form of address are different from branch to branch and from company to company, and between white and blue-collar workplaces.
My recommendation would be: If it is a blue collar workplace, you can ask at the end of the interview what kind of working clothes you are supposed to wear, if there is special uniform and if the company then provides it to you.
You ought to get to work on time; punctuality means honesty. Always try to meet your deadlines and be productive. In case you have to be absent e. On the whole, Germans dress conservatively in business settings. In offices the norm is jacket and tie for men and dresses, skirts or dressy pants for women.
Uniforms are common in many businesses and some professions—building trades—have a distinct outfit suited to the work. Punctuality is taken seriously in Germany. Trains invariably run on time and people are expected to arrive for meetings and appointments at the arranged hour.
However, that said, deadlines and productivity is taken seriously and extra work may be expected to finish projects on time.
Lateness and absenteeism, without due cause, is frowned upon and will likely negatively affect work relations. In the workplace, if a person is speaking to a more senior colleague, than use of the formal should be continued indefinitely.
Germans are very reluctant to criticize their employer, and in many cases, government officials. Company loyalty and acceptance of hierarchy is still quite prevalent in Germany.A CROSS-CULTURAL COMPARISON OF GERMAN AND AMERICAN GRADUATE BUSINESS STUDENTS ABSTRACT This paper reports on results of a comparative assessment of MBA students at highly ranked business schools in Germany and the USA.
The results a Cross-Cultural Comparison of Germans and Ameri-. Germany. In Germany there is a clear chain of command in each department, and information and instructions are passed down from the top. This does not mean, however, that German management is exclusively autocratic: while the vertical structure in each department is clear, considerable value is placed on consensus.
Discusses the use of German literature in courses teaching cross-cultural management. The article argues that literature depicting society and culture promotes effective business interaction.
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In this case, it comes down to cross-cultural miscommunication, according to Erin Meyer, a professor at the French business school INSEAD and author of The Culture Map (PublicAffairs, ), a.
An international assignment in Germany can be a challenging experience and failure to adapt to the new German cultural rules and behaviours can cause frustration and misunderstanding. This article examines the responses of subsidiaries in France and Germany to the performance appraisal system from their US parent company.
In addition to existing research, we base our results on employee perception (and not human resources-specialist opinion) and analyse in detail cross-cultural differences with regards to the specific phases of a performance appraisal.