Expats working in Germany may struggle in the new workplace or feel overwhelmed by a barrage of German regulations.Germans are often described by non‐Germans as having the following qualities: sensible, reserved, punctual, precise, cold, target‐oriented, arrogant.This list is made up of stereotypes and/or prejudices that lie in the eye of the beholder and reflect reality to varying degrees.Behind these stereotypes determine the behavior of people within the cultural group. The most important German business cultural standards are: 1- Focus on the task: Germans usually think that operating at the task level should form the basis of all business contacts. The next cultural standard is closely related to this aspect.2-Value of structures and rules: In German companies, there are countless rules, regulations, procedures and processes. German business people prefer contracts and written agreements of all types.The existence of these things and their tight and consistent application, the adherence to them and the rigid consequences, or even penalties, for not complying with them are in stark contrast to other cultures. 3-Reliability and avoidance of uncertainty (rule‐orientation, internalized focus of control): Consistency and reliability are seen as especially important German traits. Members of the German culture have high tendency to avoid uncertainty. They therefore develop binding rules and structures in order to foster certainty in dealings with each other.4-Directness of communication:Germans communicate very directly and explicitly. They formulate important statements directly and openly and without ‘window dressing’.They can appear rude and threatening without meaning to or even noticing it. In return, they do not easily recognize and respond to verbal subtleties such as indirect hints.5-German punctuality (time‐planning):Appointments are precisely planned and it is expected that times which are set are adhered to. Punctuality is a matter of good manners.6-Separation of private and public spheres:Germans clearly vary their behavior with other people depending on the sphere of their life (private or business) in which they have contact with an individual as well as the closeness of the relationship (business partner or friend).
Culturally‐specific behavior can be explained on the basis of cultural standards. This can aid in understanding what would otherwise be irritating, unusual and strange events. This knowledge is therefore an important basis for constructive cooperation between members of different cultures
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