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Management and foreign languages: Communication with the works council

Managers of international companies are often confronted with the problem of having to communicate with their employees and the works council in a foreign language that they do not fully master. This can easily lead to conflicts. In a recent decision in June, the Nuremberg Regional Labor Court (ref. 1 TaBV 33/19) has now clarified the scope.

The works council of a German branch of a Spanish clothing company demanded that communication with the branch manager, who at the beginning hardly spoke any German, be conducted exclusively in German during meetings or negotiations. Appraisal interviews and staff meetings had been … Continue Reading

Can you still appraise your employees in France?

Most companies regularly appraise their employees, as this provides the opportunity to follow their performance and career development.

For the purposes of such appraisals, some companies (often those belonging to US-based groups) use a “ranking” method and in some instances the “forced ranking” appraisal method. This purpose of this system is to place employees into categories depending on their performance, a specific percentage of employees being allocated to each category. Top performers are closely considered in terms of advancement and incentives, while employees falling in the bottom percentage are required to improve (or ultimately leave the company). Forced ranking goes … Continue Reading