Obviously, in the United States these behaviors are frowned up on by management.
But in Germany, there is zero tolerance among peers for such frivolous activities.
At the same time, German workers enjoy unparalleled worker protections and shorter working hours than most of their global counterparts.
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In German business culture, when an employee is at work, they should not be doing anything other than their work.
Facebook, office gossip with co-workers, trolling Reddit for hours, and pulling up a fake spreadsheet when your boss walks by are socially unacceptable behaviors.
Upon further discussion, the Germans reveal that Facebook is not allowed in the office whatsoever, and no private email is permitted.
German business culture is one of intense focus and direct communication.
While Americans tend to value small talk and maintaining an upbeat atmosphere, Germans rarely beat around the bush.
When many Americans think of Germany, images of WWII soldiers and Hitler often come to mind.
But what many people don’t realize is that Germany is the industrial powerhouse of Europe, and is a leading manufacturer of goods for export to developing Asian nations.