Keep to the occupational clothing and the dress code, if there is any. If
you have piercings, you should
better take them out at work or ask your superior/ the manager about it.
Don't listen to music in the workplace – even if you do it quietly with your
headphones. This might create the impression
that you are not concentrating on your work.
Be a fair and polite colleague. Help to create a pleasant atmosphere in
Don't place your mobile/ smart phone obviously at your work place. Don't
forget to turn it into the silent mode or turn
it off. A ringing or vibrating phone is a No-Go if there are other people in the room.
Keep your workplace clean and tidy. This makes it easier to find things
you need and it creates the impression
of you being a well-organised employee.
Don't smoke!!! Even if there is no “Rauchen verboten” (No smoking) sign, it IS
prohibited in public places in Germany
(except designated smoking areas). Ask a superior if you may smoke outside. It might be
the case, that smoking time is
deducted from your break.
Be on time for meetings with colleagues, your manager or any other superiors –
and also in the morning when you go
to work, of course!
Don't talk to your colleagues about private issues all the time.
Especially in offices where people concentrate on many
different tasks, talking to them distracts them from work and creates a bad impression
of your working attitude.
Address everyone (superiors and colleagues) with the formal "Sie" form until they
offer you to say "Du".
Don't leave too early if not having agreed with your superior. You should keep to
the regular working hours in general or
ask to leave early in exceptional cases. Working on a flexitime basis is of course
Relationships among colleagues are not a rarity. However, you should not “love”
your girlfriend or boyfriend too
obviously in the workplace. Don't forget that you are still colleagues and have to deal
with each other on a