Managing in Germany

Working With German Culture and Teams

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Find out how to manage a German team effectively.

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If you've been asked to lead a team in Germany, then you have a lot to look forward to!

Germany is Europe's largest economy, and it's rich in history and culture.

It is also a wealthy country, with many skilled professionals and with a lot of natural beauty.

However, managing a German team takes a unique approach; and some of the management techniques that work well in the U.S. or U.K. will be ineffective or even frowned upon here.

In this article, we'll look at how to manage a German team, whether you're relocating, or managing a virtual team from your home base. We'll cover employment law and business etiquette, and we'll look at how you can get the best from your people.

Note:

Keep in mind that this is only a general guide. The workforce in Germany is sophisticated and culturally diverse. Therefore, you should use your own best judgment when leading your team and when doing business with German organizations.

Germany's Culture

Roughly 82 million people live in Germany, and it's one of the most densely populated countries in the world. However, German people care deeply about the environment, and 31 percent of the country's land surface is covered by forest. Germany was also one of the first countries in the world to elect a political party with an environmental platform (the Green Party).

More than 82 million people live in Germany.

German is the official language here, but English and French are studied widely in schools. When working in major cities, you'll likely find that most professionals speak at least some English.

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