GERMANY population of 81 million people and is the size of Montana
German Culture Key Concepts and Values Business Etiquette ► Appearance ► Businessmen wear dark suits, solid conservative ties and white shirts ► Women also dress conservatively, in dark suits and white blouses ► Chewing gum while talking to someone is considered rude
Behavior In Business Situations ► Germans are strongly individualistic. ► shake hands at both the beginning and the end of a meeting. ► Age takes precedence over youth. ► Punctuality is necessity. ► When introduced to a woman, wait to see if she extends her hand.
Communication ► Germans are very private ► Titles are very important ► shake hands at both the beginning and end of a meeting ► Business decisions are not made over the phone
Punctuality ► Germans value their time ► As business men they work hard ► They are under a lot of pressure ► It’s considered bad etiquette to be late ► Or too early! ► It shows disrespect for their time
Standard work Schedule ► 9 to 5 Monday-Saturday ► Except a few business men 6 p.m. all the time ► Sundays most jobs are closed ► Unless they have a limited operating permit ► Only a few business are 24 hours, i.e. Gas Stations etc.
Women in the workforce ►O►O►O►Only 4% of women work in office management ►M►M►M►Many women rights still very outdated they believe women should be in the kitchen taking care of the children in the church ►M►M►M►Many women don’t attend college or try to further their education in any way
Entertaining in Business ► When invited to dinner accept ► Offer to pay your part ► Accept his or her invitation ► Thank him or her for their generous gesture ► Remember your business partner will expect the same! ► It’s rude not to invite them to dinner ► Especially if the area is foreign to them
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