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Short on workers, German companies offer more employee flexibility

BERLIN: German companies are so desperate to attract staff that they are falling over themselves to offer perks such as long holidays, shorter hours, flexible shifts and sabbaticals, even though employees here already work the fewest hours in the developed world. Last year, state-owned rail operator Deutsche Bahn, one of the country’s biggest employers, offered workers a choice between six days extra annual leave, a 2.6 percent pay rise or a one-hour cut in the working week. Of around 137,000 staff given the choice, 58…