5 things you should never tell your German boss

5 things you should never tell your German boss


  1. We all know that each country has its little ”issues”, so we have decided to make your life easier by giving you some tips, aleatory, about Germany and specially, German bosses 🙂
      So, better take a look!


  1. “I’m not a morning person”

Err, totally WRONG!  Young fellow, have you ever heard the phrase ”Punctuality is the politeness of the kings”? mhm, exactly, it is a specific phrase that German people, generally, used it with pride. Thus, Germans are famously punctual and according to the statistics, nearly 85% of Germans say they take their appointments seriously and expect others to do the same. In Germany, the rule of thumb is that it’s better to be five minutes early than one minute late.  Moreover, according to various rumors, German philosopher Immanuel Kant used to get up at 5 a.m. every morning, go to his university at 7 a.m., work from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on his books, take a walk at 3.30 p.m. – seven times up and down the Lindenallee in the Prussian city of Königsberg, never more, never less – and go to bed at 10 p.m. sharp. Kant is the poster boy for German punctuality. (Yes, it is this serious)

So, dear intern, try to respect this golden rule of Germany and set your alarm clock earlier if you think that ” you are not such a morning person”, better be sure than sorry! 🙂

  1. “I hate beer”

Errr, again, totally WRONG! Beer is a major part of German culture, in case you didn’t know. Thereby, according to a statistic, in 2012, Germany ranked third in terms of per-capita beer consumption, behind the Czech Republic and Austria. So, better buy a Beginner’s Guide to German Beer, cause´, yes they have a guide that introduces you to the world of beer. 🙂

So, you might take into consideration the information according which the Reinheitsgebot (“purity decree”), sometimes called the “German Beer Purity Law” or the “Bavarian Purity Law” in English, was a regulation concerning the production of beer in Germany. The rest, it is up to you!

  1. “I don’t know who is this Oktoberfest”!

Auch! Don’t ever tell that to you German boss  BAD IDEA. Let’s talk about this famous tradition in Germany that it is worldwide known and most of the countries already have an Oktoberfest in their countries, also. Thus, Oktoberfest is an important part of Bavarian culture, having been held since 1810 and annually, it is held from mid or late September to the first weekend in October.

  1. “I hate sausages!” Then, Houston, we have a problem!

It is good to know that Germans have a loooong tradition of sausage-making; more than 1500 different types of sausage (German: Wurst) are made. Most Wurst is made with natural casings of pork, sheep or lamb intestines. Among the most popular and most common are Bratwurst, usually made of ground pork and spices.

  1. “I’M BIPOLAR “

Dear intern, try not to say this phrase to a German boss, or better, to any boss.:) Some things, have to remain a “mystery”.

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