EnglishGerman

Emigration to the Netherlands - 1 / 2: Corporate culture in Dutch



Next part



Top20 German bloggers, referenced inZEIT, Wikipedia &Blogger Relevance Index, Since 15 years change of the working world: Consulting, Books, News service Best of HR, Seminars&Canoe rental.
Copyright:Pictures created with a system camera of our sponsor Olympus. Picture Location: Netherlands.

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.

Emigration to the Netherlands - 1 / 2: Corporate culture in Dutch


Here writes for you: Eva Mattern is a freelance journalist and editor at Springest in Amsterdam. Profile

Further information & services? Will you member or take advantage of our regular newsletter!

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.

Working Dutch

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.

More information? Take advantage of our e-courses & personal advice


E-Courses Consultingoccupations pictures

You want to comment here? Please the Debate Rules comply, contributions must be unlocked. Your email address will remain secret. More information on the use of your data and how you can counter this can be found in our Privacy Policy.

  1. To follow debate on this post
  2. All debates follow
  3. Subscribe to debates via eMail (add link here!)
  1. José MB de Baan

    Emigration to the Netherlands - 1 / 2: Corporate Culture in Dutch - - Exciting contribution89M0wMBLsn #GoogleAlerts

    • Heidemarie Schindler

      I am looking for a job in the Netherlands in Arnhem as a pensioner and a small apartment for rent. Kind regards Frau Schindler

  2. Chantal Heuveling

    @DUS_CDP: Dutch company culture. I would like to exchange. Who wants?! - Exciting contributionaR5jSyhUlh "

  3. marc van rijswijck

    RT @DUS_CDP: Dutch company culture: Locker, many meetings and decisions together. - Exciting contributionnciexiyCkm

  4. Duitslandweb

    RT @DUS_CDP: Dutch company culture: Locker, many meetings and decisions together. - Exciting contributionnciexiyCkm

  5. Douwe Sikkema

    RT @DUS_CDP: Dutch company culture: Locker, many meetings and decisions together. - Exciting contributionnciexiyCkm

  6. Sound Lansink

    Dutch company culture: Locker, many meetings and decisions together. - Exciting contributionnciexiyCkm

  7. augezwitscher

    Emigration to the Netherlands - 1 / 2: Corporate culture in Dutch CHARACTER PICTURES - Exciting contributionIYmw1kbu10

  8. Competencepartner

    Emigration to the Netherlands - 1 / 2: Corporate Culture in Dutch: For many, the ni ... - Exciting contributionqZMjPvMTUk #Professional # Education

  9. firm-job

    Emigrating to the Netherlands - 1 / 2: Corporate Culture in Dutch: For many, the Netherlands is a bea ... - Exciting contributionIsqf47R6q0

  10. Richard de Hoop

    That tells me something. :) RT @simonejanson: Living & Working in the Netherlands - 1 / 2: Working Dutch

  11. Holger Froese

    Living & Working in the Netherlands - 1 / 2: Working Dutch #Business

  12. Simone Janson

    Living & Working in the Netherlands - 1 / 2: Working Dutch

  13. Liane Wolffgang

    Living & Working in the Netherlands - 1 / 2: Working Dutch: Whether with friends in Amsterdam or with your family ...

Post a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with * .

I hereby accept the Debate Rules and the Privacy with the possibility to contradict the use of my data at any time.