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Germany. Group 9: Yesenia Saldivar , Michael Grizzle, Spencer Cox, Tine Roren , Hannah Ives, Taryn Crews, Brynn Cauffman. Employee/Employer Relations. Employers tend to care somewhat about employees Employees don’t aspire to be in management positions.

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Group 9:

YeseniaSaldivar, Michael Grizzle, Spencer Cox, Tine Roren, Hannah Ives, Taryn Crews, BrynnCauffman

Employee employer relations

Employee/Employer Relations

Employers tend to care somewhat about employees

Employees don’t aspire to be in management positions

Importance of personal relationships at work

Importance of personal relationships at work

Germans never talk about their personal lives in a business setting

Very private people in the work atmosphere

Germans like to keep their personal lives and work lives separate

Typical management style

Typical Management Style

German managers are suppose to be efficient and very productive in their areas

Focus on two things: product quality and product service

Managers will entrust responsibility to a member of a team who is capable of completing the task at hand

Typical leadership style

Typical Leadership Style

  • Germans are known around the world by their leadership style

  • Commonly called the “Eiffel Tower management Style”

    • This style is very hierarchal and also task-focused

Decision making practices

Decision Making Practices

Germans will tend to let the higher ranking officials in their company to make the decisions

Primary means of motivating employees

Primary means of motivating Employees

Germans are motivated by their culture

Germans are raised to be extremely productive in their careers

Succeeding at their job is the means of motivation to them

Common types of organization structure

Common Types of Organization Structure

In Germany, most companies have an aggressive hierarchal organizational structure with clearly defined roles

Germans will tend to stay in line and obey every task that is assigned to them by supervisors

Role and view of women in business

Role and View of Women in Business

In Germany, women are not usually in a high-powered position in the business world

In order to do business, women must conduct their authority and establish their positions

Hiring practices and preferences

Hiring practices and preferences

Germany is like the United States in the way that they hire people into a company

In most German companies, the company will off a future employee by a written contract

Compensation structure

Compensation Structure

  • There are four parts of the German world Business sector

    • Lettered A, B, C, and R

  • Each group has their own pay scale and compensation package

Minimum wage

Minimum Wage

  • Minimum wage

    • No set federal minimum wage in Germany

    • Only for construction workers, janitors, roofers, painters, and electricians

  • Collective Bargaining Agreement

    • About 70% of all German employees are under a set collective bargaining agreement

Key employment laws

Key Employment Laws

  • Federal Data Protection Act

    • Individuals have a right to privacy with their personal information when being interviewed, hired, or fired from a company

  • General Equal Treatment Act

    • Every employer/company has to have a certain quota on the type of people within their company

      • Disabled, Gay/Lesbian, Foreign-born, etc..

Advancement practices

Advancement Practices

  • Advancement in Germany is always given upon a person’s seniority in their respective company

    • Unless an individual with extremely better qualifications is better suited for the position

Employee benefits

Employee Benefits

  • Pay 4 different costs from their income

    • Health insurance

      • The employee, their spouse, and their children

    • Unemployment

      • 3 to 6 months

    • Long-term nursing care

    • Pensions

      • Receive pension at the age of 65

  • Accident insurance

    • Ranges from anyone in the immediate family & covers accidents at the office, road, or school (children)

  • Companies pay 20% of every employees benfits

Appropriate business dress

Appropriate Business Dress

  • Men

    • Dark-colored suits

      • Try to wear solid colored ties with a white shirt

  • Women

    • Dark-colored suits

    • Can wear jewelry, but not too flashy

Business cards work schedule measurement system

Business Cards, Work Schedule, & Measurement System

  • Business Cards

    • Are acceptable in English, but needs a German translation on it as well

  • Work Schedule

    • Typically work 35-38 hours a week

    • Starts from 8 AM – 9 AM and ends at 4 PM – 5 PM

    • Monday – Friday (sometimes weekends if necessary)

  • Measurement System

    • Metric system

Business meeting behavior

Business Meeting Behavior

  • Always arrive early or a few minutes before the meeting

  • Shake their hand firmly

    • Always shake the person with the most seniority 1st

    • For women: wait until the extend their arm 1st, and then shake firmly (not too hard though)

  • Maintain good eye contact at all times

  • Is acceptable to talk about sports, but only for a bit

  • Don’t talk about your personal life OR theirs

  • Germans tend to disagree many times throughout a meeting, but always stand your ground

  • Shake hands again at the end of the meeting

After meeting etiquette

After-Meeting Etiquette

  • Call them for a thank you for receiving you, and for their time spent

    • Germans are very detailed-oriented

Do s and don ts

Do’s and Don’ts

  • Do’s

    • Always be punctual

    • Wear appropriate business attire

    • Always knock on the door upon entering

      • Germans are very private people

    • Gifts are acceptable (yellow flowers, American whiskey or bourbon)

  • Don’ts

    • Chew gum while talking to someone

    • Surprise a German business person

    • Don’t compliment them

    • Try to provide humor during a business setting

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