For many, the Netherlands is a popular holiday destination to go to the sea with friends in Amsterdam or with the family to Holland. But then there are the Germans who want to stay and decide for a life and work in the Netherlands. An experience report.
German in the Netherlands
Currently, according to the German Chamber of Commerce 71.350, Germans, including 25.000 students, are living in the Netherlands. Some of them have been transferred by the company, others have been moved to the Dutch partner and others remain for personal reasons.
But what also attracts the Germans to the Netherlands is the positive working conditions of the neighboring country.
The flat hierarchies are a big plus. In the Netherlands work is much more informal than in Germany. This can begin with the fact that you are offered the "Du" during an interview.
In the Netherlands, it is customary for everyone to work in one company, from the secretary to the manager Chef, Even the title "Doctor", applies in the Netherlands only for doctors.
Locker, but distant
This casual approach does not mean, however, that one has a personal relationship with the prodigies. You can exchange ideas about family, holidays and weekends, but while many Germans understand this as a friend invitation, this does not mean in the Netherlands:
Even if the tone is extremely friendly, the relationship can still remain at the business level. In other words, Dutch Germans can keep the distance rather than distant. Nevertheless, Germans, who have worked together for years, still address themselves with "Herr" and "Frau", is unimaginable in the Netherlands.
Get to know colleagues: Duty!
This relaxed approach creates a working atmosphere, which is very important in the Netherlands. The weekly "Borrels" also contribute to this. On a borrel, the staff, mostly in a bar or café, gather together and drink a beer; served with fried snacks. D
These borrels often take place on Fridays after work and are a good opportunity to get to know the colleagues better and to exchange informally. So it is the soft skills of the employees, who occupy a high position in the Netherlands, while in Germany, the expertise is still in the first place.
"Let's talk it out"
In the Netherlands it is also common for employees to be much more involved in internal decision-making processes. The result is that many meetings take place "vergaderingen". They try to reach a consensus or negotiate a compromise.
These meetings can sometimes take quite a long time, but everyone is also involved. This may be a bit strange at the beginning, since, even outside the professional field, one is asked for the opinion: Everyone is involved.
Find decisions together!
This has the consequence that a decision is found together and is borne by all of them. Of course, it depends on what kind of decisions and what operation it is.
Authoritarian bosses, who like to have the sole say, are also available, as in all countries of the world.
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