Employer of Record Germany

German Business Culture

Employer of Record Germany

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Business Culture in Germany

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Focus on the task

All corporate interactions revolve around the task, which also affects the communication style. In the workplace, relationships take on a more secondary role. Germans typically believe that all business interactions should be based on task-level performance. This characteristic is closely related to the following cultural norm.

Value of rules and structures

There are innumerable laws, regulations, procedures, and processes in German businesses. German business people favour all forms of written contracts and agreements. In sharp contrast to other cultures, the existence of these things and their strict and constant application, adherence to them, and the harsh repercussions, or even penalties, for disobeying them are all present. This emphasises consistency and a high level of reciprocal commitment, on the one hand. However, this principle does not allow for much personal choice or flexibility.

Avoiding uncertainty and ensuring dependability

Germans are known for being exceptionally reliable and consistent. Germans have a strong propensity to steer clear of uncertainty. As a result, they create legally binding guidelines and organisational frameworks to promote consistency in their interactions.

German timeliness

The strategies mentioned above have a significant effect on the relationship in terms of time. The keeping of scheduled timings is expected because appointments are meticulously organised. Being on time is a question of politeness.

Directness of dialogue

Germans are highly explicit and forthright in their communication. They express crucial ideas clearly, freely, and without "window dressing." They might not even be aware that they are acting disrespectful and intimidating. In exchange, they struggle to pick up on and react to verbal cues like veiled allusions, hidden meanings, and numerous non-verbal cues. As a result, they frequently overlook an interaction's crucial information.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Payrolling the employees is a key part of the service offered by an Employer of Record company. The Employer of Record will calculate and remit all taxes, social securities and similar payments, on behalf of both employer and employee. The client will be invoiced in advance by the EOR company, for the total cost of the payroll.

Yes. Our clients are free to dictate the structure of the employees’ remuneration including any bonuses or commissions they wish to offer. In some countries, there is a statutory requirement to provide “bonuses”, for example in the form of Christmas or holiday allowances.

Yes. Agility EOR will calculate what pay is due upon termination of an employee, factoring in such things as any untaken leave entitlements.

We find that most of our clients are in the Tech, IT, Finance, NGO (Not for Profit) and Professional Services industries. However, we have acquired the skills, knowledge and experience to help all industries across the globe.

As a private company, we’re not beholden to shareholders Private Equity targets. We aim to build long-term relationships with our clients. At Agility EOR, our approach is that we never forget that our business is all about people. Our Employer of Record solutions are tailored to each requirement, not a one-size-fits-all tech platform. We do the right thing by our clients and by the laws of each country we operate in. And we believe in openness; if we don’t feel we can offer you the best solution for a specific territory, we’ll say so. 

We pride ourselves on our personable-approach so once you enter your new employees details into our dedicated platform, we’ll arrange a call with you to go through the details of the employment contract where together we can review and amend to your requirements. We liaise directly with your employee to build a rapport and obtain the necessary information to hire them compliantly, and set them up ready for their first payroll.

We never stop delivering! Even if you’re employee has been onboarded and is happily working for you and being paid each month, we’re here to partner with you whenever you or your employees need us. Even your ex-employees may need our assistance for tax documents, proof of employment requests etc… Our service never stops!