- Category: Trade, marketing, public relations
- Created on Wednesday, 20 June 2012 08:07
- Written by EgyptClass
Europe and probably most of the world admire Germans. According to recently published U.S. studies Germans are the hardest working European nation, least corrupt and have the most respectable leaders.
Only Greeks, among nine thousand people surveyed from eight countries claim that they are working harder than Germans.
Hard work has always been a German virtue. Family businesses and entrepreneurships developed by hard work. Porsche, Daimler, Bosch, Adidas are examples of what might arise from German hard work and diligence.
Seems, Germans still follow the slogan of the era of Prussia. "Order, cleanliness and diligence." Since the time of Prussia, however, the Germans have changed. The time punctuality in office was considered a virtue. They believed, the boss comes first and leaves the last. For others, they left by five. Those who remained, seemed incapable, because they did not manage to fulfill duties during working hours.
This is no longer valid. They don't complain they need to work on weekends or after working hours, when more orders come to the company where they work.
Employees are aware, that without increase in corporate profits, no trade union can enforce a wage increase.
In Germany, the average working hours is 37.7h per week, in fact, the Germans are doing 40.4 hours per week. The German study, which cited in the newspaper Bild, says - 20 percent of Germans work ten hours more per week than they have in the contract. Nine percent - 15 hours more per week. And still many handle extra education in free time.
Surprisingly, Germans work more for less, pay is declining over the last six years. German salaries are in the middle of the European salaries. Thanks to that, the country has low unemployment and businesses secured for upcoming years.
The staff has very modest demands on salary (usually rise with the inflation rate) to keep the jobs.
The ability to talk with strong labor unions and salary reduction has proved to be the most important cause of success, of course, together with diligence and good work organization.
However, hard working Germans like to recreate as well. With 40 free days they enjoy long well deserved holidays.