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Entlassungsproduktivität

November 4th, 2009

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.

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Humankapital

October 28th, 2009

Humankapital is a term that is often used in Business Administration.  It refers to the value of employees in a company.

There are different ways of using it and thus calculating that value.  One way means the amount that an employee costs, eg. their salary, telephone, computer, insurance.

Used positively, it can refer to the value that an employee has because of their knowledge and motivation.

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Tätervolk

October 21st, 2009

The word Tätervolk is used to refer to the collective guilt of a whole population.

It has been used in the context of the German people’s responsibility for the events of the Second World War, ie. that the nation as a whole was guilty of the crimes committed.  This idea was, however, dismissed at the Nuremberg Trials in 1946.

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Ich-AG

October 14th, 2009

Ich-AG is a term used to refer to state support for unemployed people who turned self-employed between 2003 and 2006.

It was intended to assist with payments such as health insurance and pension contributions during the start-up phase of the new business.

Over the years the process of applying became more complicated, making it more difficult and less attractive.

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Walpurgisnacht

October 7th, 2009

The Walpurgisnacht is celebrated on the 30th of April in Germany.  According to tradition, on this night witches from throughout the country fly to the Blocksberg for their annual gathering.

In many places bonfires are lit, and it is even a tradition in some parts for people to jump over it!

Other traditions are comparable to those at Halloween.  Since the 1990s the latter has become more popular in Germany, making the Walpurgisnacht less well-known, especially amongst foreigners.

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