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.
A big plus is the flat hierarchies. In the Netherlands, work is much more informal than in Germany. This can begin with the "you" being offered during a job 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.
Easy but distant
However, this casual approach does not mean that you have a personal relationship with the geduzten persons. It is easy to talk about family, holidays and weekends, but while many Germans understand that as a friendship invitation, that does not mean the same thing in the Netherlands:
Although the tone is extremely friendly, the relationship can still be at the business level. On the other hand, Dutch people can keep their reserved Germans at a distance rather than perceive them at a distance. Nevertheless, Germans who have been working together for years still speak with "Mr." and "Mrs." is inconceivable in the Netherlands.
Get to know colleagues: Duty!
This relaxed approach creates a working atmosphere that is very important in the Netherlands. The weekly "Borrels" contribute to this, as well as employees gathering on a Borrel, usually in a bar or café, drinking a beer together with fried snacks
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 in-house decision-making processes. As a result, many meetings are held in disrepair, trying to reach 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.
More knowledge - PDF download, eCourses or personal advice
Offline download: Download this text as PDF - Read usage rights, Because we do not automatically submit the title of this text for privacy reasons: When buying in "interests" the title register if support is needed. After buying text exclusively Download at this URL (please save).
Your eCourse on Demand: Choose your personal eCourse on this or another desired topic, As a PDF download. Up to 30 lessons with each 4 learning task + final lesson. Please enter the title under "interests". Alternatively, we are happy to put together your course for you or offer you a personal regular eMailCourse including supervision and certificate - all further information!
Consultant packages: You want to increase your reach or address applicants as an employer? For these and other topics we offer special Consultant packages (overview) - For example, a personal phone call (price is per hour).