burningkrome

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  • Location Germany
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  • Year of birth 1968
  • Interests Biotechnology/Bioengineering
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  1. Handling a hostile colleague in Germany

    are you the only one in this small group he has a problem with?  I don't know, but there's only three of us in - and one of us is only there 10% of the time     does the behavior take place in front of others? Sometimes, and it has been seen and commented on. Most of the abusive stuff is in a private chat channel (which I no longer go to :D)   are any of his accusations true? With the most sincere reflection, I don't think so. All of my Arbeitzeugnis here in Germany have been good (including looking for weasel words and coded sentiments.) My reviews from the U.S. before moving were excellent. 
  2. Handling a hostile colleague in Germany

    I did get my direct supervisor involved, and we're forming an action plan. We'll see how well that works   Thanks for the post
  3. Purchase precision rotary lathe spindles/shafts in Germany

    I did find a local company that provides it, but thank you for the post. I'll keep it in my bookmarks! :)
  4. Handling a hostile colleague in Germany

    Unfortunately, I'm not :/ But thanks for the response. I am disabled, but I don't see how that would help in this particular situation. He has never made a problem of my disability.  
  5. Handling a hostile colleague in Germany

    I'm working for a large research firm in Germany in a technical role. For the last year, it has been my dream job. Unfortunately, starting about two months ago, one of my primary coworkers has begun behaving in an extremely toxic manner. He's made a couple of very angry and inappropriate attacks on my competence (via text, so I have then documented.) In our daily work life he has become increasingly passive aggressive (as well as classically aggressive), argumentative, obstructionist, and hostile.   Simply put, he feels (and has told me directly) that even though I'm 10 years his senior in experience and qualifications, I'm incompetent compared to him, and I should be deferring to him in all ways. He has begun actively pursuing a takeover of all my tasks.    We are considered to be in a "flat hierarchy." Neither of us has any official authority over the other, and the project is small - meaning there is no legitimate way to avoid working with him.   I have (today) sent an email to our managers asking for intervention.    My questions are these:  I am American. He is Russian. I know that - in the U.S. - there are certain standards of professional behavior, including how you interact personally with employees. For the most part, I have found the German workplace in agreement with this. But, I'm a stranger in a strange land. In the U.S., his comments to me would be considered insanely inappropriate and aggressive - I believe such much so that (if we were in the U.S.) sending the text copies of our conversations to HR would result in immediate reprimand, if not dismissal.    Q1. However, this is not the U.S.  - and he comes from a different culture. Am I misunderstand, or mishandling the situation? I have tried all the conflict management techniques I know - FROM THE U.S. - and they all have failed. Should I be responding directly to him in a different way?   Q2. In the U.S., as I mentioned, I fully believe his actions would result in immediate reprimand or dismissal. I suspect him being dismissed is nearly impossible under these German employment laws, and that's not what I'm seeking anyway. But do German HR departments involve themselves in these types of things? The impression I get is German HR departments are less about "managing employees" and more about handling hiring and firing paperwork.    Q3. If not HR, whom else, or how else, should I be asking for help with this?   Q4. I'm not sure this can be solved while we remain in a flat hierarchy. While I honestly do not seek to be in a formal leadership role, I also suspect life will be intolerable working with him were he to be placed in a formal leadership role. I know that Germany is highly dependent on certifications and years work for determining position. If the only solution is appointing a "team leader", is it reasonable to insist that I'm appointed the position based on my senior credentials and experience?   Thanks! 
  6. Thanks to all for the explanation of Sondertilgung. One additional clarification...if we must agree to Sondertilgung in advance, do we also have to agree to the amount of the Sondertilgung? I.e. Can we agree to a  Sondertilgung to be paid once a year, but the amount paid is dependent on how much additional we were able to set aside?   For me, it is less about expecting additional money in the form of a windfall, and more about making reserved conservative estimates. I.e. if a person expects they could afford (just as an example to make the math easy) €2000 a month payment, a cautious course of action is to set up payments at €1500 - and then, if indeed the extra €500 is there, then that €500 goes in as  Sondertilgun. But, if something causes the €500 to be used elsewhere, then no additional payment is made.    Perhaps it's because I'm an American, where having sudden, unexpected, expenses is commonplace and can be cataclysmic  
  7. We're looking to buy a home in the next couple of years. One question I haven't been able to get securely answered is whether additional, unscheduled payments can be made to the principle of a mortgage here in Germany. I'm not talking about the 1-10% additional anfängliche Tilgung that's already scheduled into the loan.    For example, a sound repayment option for mortgages in the U.S. is to take out a standard annuity amortization (where the interest is paid first, and the principle second, on a diminishing schedule.) BUT, if you decide you have extra money during the month/year, you can pay this extra against the principle (ONLY) of the mortgage (in addition to the regularly scheduled amortized payment.) This payment can be spontaneous, and the lender cannot refuse to put the payment against the principle (versus against the interest.) Doing so is both a great way to buffer flexible income (I.e. take out a larger loan, longer term, with smaller payments - but pay extra every month when you can to reduce the larger expense of the interest.)    Is this possible with mortgages in Germany?
  8. Purchase precision rotary lathe spindles/shafts in Germany

    That is exactly right! Thank you. They only go to H9 tolerances, however. Do you know if any of the other companies go to H6 or better?   Also, I don't know the German tolerance for straightness, which is critical in this case. I.e. This would be a rotary shaft, meaning it needs a straightness tolerance of 0.3mm per 300mm length.  
  9. Hello All!   I'm looking for a McMaster-Carr type of company here in Germany that sells directly to the consumer. In this specific case, I'm looking for highly precision made rotary shafts that will be used in a lathe. I need a shaft that is 156mm long, 15mm diameter, with at least a .03mm straightness tolerance. Similar to these at McMaster-Carr.   Unfortunately, McMaster-Carr no longer ships to Germany thanks to Trump's trade wars.    Can anyone direct me to such a company?   Many thanks!