Tip 1
Germans are uneasy with uncertainty and ambiguity. They like to analyse problems in great depth before reaching a conclusion and are uncomfortable with 'feelings' or 'hunches' in the business setting.
Tip 2
In-depth, long-term planning is both expected and respected. Such planning helps, in large measure, to shape the future.
Tip 3
The greatest amount of respect is due to the person with the greatest depth of technical merit. Therefore, education is highly prized.
Tip 4
Once decisions have been made, everybody is expected to carry them out without question, regardless of their agreement or disagreement with the original decision.
Tip 5
The boss is expected to know his/her subject and give clear leadership. As there is a strong respect for authority, subordinates will rarely contradict the boss in public.
Tip 6
Outbursts of emotion in the workplace (anger, frustration etc.) are seen as signs of weakness and lack of professionalism.
Tip 7
Employees expect to be given precise, detailed instructions regarding specific tasks, but then expect to be left to carry them out without undue interference or supervision.
Tip 8
Relationships between bosses and subordinates tend to appear somewhat formal.
Tip 9
Appraisal systems are difficult to implement. Germans are expected to perform their tasks professionally and correctly. Why should positive feedback be necessary?
Tip 10
German companies tend to be hierarchical and departmentalised. Each department seems to guard its power base and information is expected to flow through proper channels.