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Motivated and Dependable Employees

German labor flexibility is reflected in higher than average employee motivation levels – exceeding those of most leading industrialized nations. In fact, according to the IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook, German employee motivation levels are greater than those of their counterparts in the US, China, Russia, Poland, France and the UK. A direct corollary of this is the fact that Germans work more than their international peers (40.4 hours per week) and lose less days per annum to strike action than other European nations (significantly below the EU-28 average according to Eurofound).

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