Do’s and Don’ts of Danish workplace culture
A Danish boss will probably have a different approach than a boss in your home country. Micromanagement is uncommon in Denmark: instead, your boss will probably discuss with you the timeline, goals, and budget for a project, and then set you free to solve problems and make your own decisions within the framework you have agreed upon.
Some internationals find this hands-off approach confusing; they prefer to have more guidance and structure.
If you’re an inexperienced employee, you may also find it intimidating to be part of a Danish business meeting. Everyone is expected to have something to contribute at these meetings, even very junior employees.
And it is considered OK in Denmark to politely disagree with your boss, especially before a business decision is made. Your boss has hired you for your expertise, and will probably be angrier if you don’t (politely) raise your objections while there’s still time to do something about them.
Unions are important in Denmark
If you have a problem with your boss or co-worker in Denmark, usually the first point of contact is your union, which are popular even among knowledge workers in Denmark.
At large companies, the union will have a representative at your workplace. For smaller firms, you may have to get in touch with the union’s central office.
While joining a union is a good idea as soon as you arrive – in fact, they can help you review your employment contract before you even take the job – you won’t probably won’t need an “a-kasse” for unemployment money until your legal status in Denmark is secure. (Learn the difference between a union and an A-kasse.)