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Germany: Time Management

by GoinGlobal

Punctuality is of utmost importance in the business environment. If you cannot avoid a delay, it is imperative to call ahead and explain the situation.

Office hours vary, but the day usually begins at 8 or 9 am and ends at 5 or 6 pm. Depending on the industry, company and position, these times may be flexible. Blue-collar labor generally starts earlier than white-collar labor. People often go home earlier on Fridays, as many companies have less than a 40-hour week.
Coffee breaks are usually considered regular parts of the working day. As in many cultures, these also serve as a good opportunity to participate in business or light social conversations.
People do not regularly work over weekends, holidays or vacations. This is changing as more companies adopt international work practices. It is important to pay attention to the company or departmental culture. Depending on the company culture, staying late at the office can either be interpreted as a sign of positive commitment or as an indication that you are incapable of organizing yourself well enough to accomplish the job in the time permitted.
Dinner parties tend to start on time. If you are going to be late, it is best to call the host ahead of time. 


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