Where have all the ties gone?

A blue tie - ©iStockphoto.com/terexLast week I attended a computer trade fair, and was almost shocked to see that during the first presentation, I was the only member of the audience wearing a tie!

It certainly got me thinking.  Many people had turned up in casual dress, and others were wearing a suit with a waistcoat, but without a tie.  During the rest of the day I observed that most of the people in the hall with a tie were actually working on one of the stands.

On reflection, it’s a trend that has been going on for some time. [Read more…]

Blogging in Germany: Personal, Business or Journalist?

Hat with press card - ©Can Stock Photo Inc. / stocksnapperHave you ever considered at what point a blog stops being a personal one and starts being a business?  Or at which point the blogger becomes a writer, or even a journalist?

Quite apart from any internet marketing advice telling you to “treat your blog like a business”, in Germany the differences can have knock-on effects such as how much tax you pay.

Obviously, the first difference between a personal blog and a business site is the need for the Impressum, but a simple way of looking at it is that a personal blog does not make any money.  A business site does, regardless of whether the blog directly sells products, contains advertising or is simply connected to an existing business. [Read more…]


Entlassungsproduktivität is another word used in Business Administration.

It is used to describe the situation when a company improves their productivity by reducing the size of their workforce.

Various theories exist as to how this comes about.  It may be that by making some people redundant, the others try to protect their jobs more by working harder.  On the other hand, it may be that the people who lost their jobs were, by chance, the unproductive ones holding the others back.

To hear a simple explanation and a short discussion in German, listen to the podcast:

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