May 2, 2012
The Way Germans Conduct Business
After living in Germany and doing research, I concluded that Germans are a distinctive society when it concerns business ethics. Germans are serious about getting down to business. Americans, unlike the Germans, are different in the way they communicate in the work world. The world to include the United States could benefit from adopting some of the business practices and approaches that Germans use when conducting business. Germans are a no nonsense community concerning conducting meetings, business deals, making business decisions, verbal/nonverbal communication, and daily work routines. Formality
Business communication in Germany more formal than in the United States (Rachel Turner). Germans will address their colleagues and business partners as either “Herr” or “Frau,” followed by their surnames. It is normal for Americans to address coworkers by their first names. Germans will become offended if they are addresses by their first names. Germans place tremendous importance on academic qualifications. If someone obtains a Ph.D. in Germany, people are required to call them “herr Doktor”; which means Sir Doctor. This term of respect toward someone considered an accomplished scholar is used in the highest regard. It may be a good idea for Americans to adopt this practice because more people may try to reach higher academic status to be recognized for their accomplishments. Non-verbal Communication
Germans will always start a business meeting with a very firm handshake and maintain eye contact at all times when speaking to one another. If eye contact is not maintained, it shows characteristics of dishonesty and unreliability in a person. It is also considered disrespectful if Germans do not maintain eye contact. Humor
Americans may make an effort to ease into a business meeting by making a joke but Germans may...