Category Archives: Business

Why Germans Work Fewer Hours But Product More

If you work, like me, in a large international company and work with colleagues from many other countries, you are regularly confronted with the prejudice that Germans work so few hours and have so many holidays/vacation days.

Well, some of it is simply wrong (like having many public holidays, but thats a separate article), and then … could it be that this is part of why we are so productive? Because we really work, when we work?

Although this article is already from 2014, I just stumbled across it a few days ago when browsing some of the blogs that I follow:

Why Germans Work Fewer Hours But Produce More: A Study In Culture

Reading this takes you about 10 minutes or so … interestingly, the comments section below takes more than 90% of the web-page… some interesting stuff there also and the usual debate about “what is wrong” and “why its right”… didn’t read too much of it…

As I am German, I am by nature sceptical and do not have a tendency to be overly proud of myself or country. But I do think that some of that may be true… isn’t it?

Business Trip, Spring

This week I was on a business trip in Spain, near Madrid (Châteauform El Bosque).

Châteauform La Finca El Bosque
Châteauform La Finca El Bosque

Also in Spain, the spring-time is just starting, only few trees started to bloom…

Spring Bloom, Frühlingsblüte, Alcalá de Henares, City of Cervantes y Don Quijote
Spring bloom, Alcalá de Henares, City of Miguel de Cervantes and Don Quijote

Aside from work, there was also time to enjoy Spanish specialties  and some culture. Tuesday evening we made a little sightseeing to Alcalá de Henares, the city where Miguel de Cervantes was born.

Alcalá de Henares, City of Cervantes y Don Quijote
Old University, Alcalá de Henares, where Miguel de Cervantes was born
Alcalá de Henares, City of Cervantes y Don Quijote
Also heroes from literature get statues… like Don Quijote, in Alcalá de Henares
Alcalá de Henares, City of Cervantes y Don Quijote
Spring-time with family Stork

Spring-time… the storks take care for a new generation

Alcalá de Henares, City of Cervantes y Don Quijote
Storks in Alcalá de Henares, city of Miguel de Cervantes and Don Quijote

 

The Sky Is Rising: The Entertainment Industry Is Large & Growing… Not Shrinking | Techdirt

The entertainment industrie reports almost daily, how “the internet” hurts their business and threatens the existence of the whole industrie. We all know that. Right? Wrong!

The Sky Is Rising: The Entertainment Industry Is Large & Growing… Not Shrinking | Techdirt.

Entertainment Industrie Revenue Development over recent years

Pretty interesting, isn’t it?