Welcome to Petalouda Consulting – your expert for intercultural onboarding

We support companies and organizations in Germany and France in the recruitment, integration and retention of international employees.

The challenge of labor shortage

For 60% of companies in Germany, the current shortage of skilled workers represents an imminent business risk. By 2035, every second position will remain vacant due to demographic change, which could have a significant impact on the productivity and growth capacity of German companies. Recruiting skilled workers from abroad is an effective solution, but comes with challenges such as cultural integration, language barriers and adapting to local working practices.

Solution: Our “Onboarding with Colours” program

Our comprehensive program supports SMEs in not only attracting, but also successfully integrating and retaining foreign skilled workers in the long term. This increases the sustainability and competitiveness of your company. The program has a modular structure and is divided into three phases so that you receive the support you need exactly when you need it.

Benefits for your company:

  • Tailored recruiting: our precise analysis of personality and cultural compatibility enables you to recruit international talent that is a perfect fit for your company.
  •  Increased employee satisfaction and retention: Our tailored integration measures improve employee satisfaction and loyalty, resulting in reduced turnover and increased employee retention.
  • Improved team dynamics and productivity: A better understanding and integration of cultural differences promotes effective teamwork and increases productivity.
  •  Reduced conflict: A deep understanding of cultural imprints and personality profiles enables potential conflicts to be recognized and avoided early on.

Discover how our program supports you in the 3 phases of the onboarding process:

1) Recruiting foreign employees

  • Do you want to be sure that you have found the right person who not only has the right skills, but will also integrate well into the culture of the country and company? – Our Culture Matching determines the extent to which the personality of the specialist matches the German or French corporate culture.

With our innovative Culture Matching, we determine how well the personality of a specialist harmonizes with the German or French corporate culture during the recruitment process, thus ensuring the optimal integration of each new team member.

More information on culture matching

  • Do you want to position yourself as an attractive employer in your sector or region? – We offer workshops to improve your employer branding and also offer self-diagnoses for smaller companies.
  • Are your foreign applicants dropping out during the recruitment process? – Discover our guide to conducting culturally sensitive interviews and formulating inclusive job advertisements.

2) Integration of foreign employees  

  • Do you want to ensure that your new employee is able to adapt to the culture of the host country? – We offer tailor-made intercultural training on living and working in Germany/France/Belgium : customized and based on Culture Matching or as flexible e-learning.
  • Do you want your foreign employees to settle in quickly and integrate into the team? – Discover our guide to a successful integration plan or our onboarding seminar.     

3) Retaining international employees

  • Do you want to create an inclusive working environment in your company that promotes tolerance and openness? – Take part in our workshop on diversity management and become a “diversity friendly company”.
  •   Do you want to adapt your management style to the needs of your foreign employees? – We offer intercultural management training and coaching for managers.
  • Do you want to ensure that your foreign specialists feel at home in Germany? – Discover our coaching program for expats and their families.

More information on the complete Onboarding with Colours program with staggered offers here.

Presentation of the founder: Maren Morawski

My name ist Maren Morawski and I am the proud founder of Petalouda Consulting.

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I know first-hand what it is like to take the plunge into a new country. I myself lived and worked in France for more than 14 years and spent a short time in Ireland. I know the initial euphoria, the first doubts, the cultural misunderstandings and the deep homesickness. I know what it’s like to be at the point where you want to throw it all away and just go home.
But I have also learned about the invaluable enrichment and valuable experiences that come with living abroad. I have grown personally, developed new skills, met many great people, broadened my horizons, and learned to be flexible and creative.

With my program “Onboarding in Colors”, I want to use this knowledge and experience to help companies and organizations turn cultural diversity into a success story. I prepare expatriates and international professionals as well as their partners optimally for their stay abroad, reflect with them their own cultural imprint, sensitize them to cultural differences in the target country and develop effective action strategies with them. I want to help them make their experience abroad as valuable and enriching as it was for me. In doing so, I also support companies and organizations to succeed and grow across cultures in the globalized world.

With Petalouda Consulting I have a vision: I want to contribute to the understanding and harmonious cooperation of people from different cultural backgrounds. I want to help them to grow beyond themselves, to realize their dreams and to find their true place in the world.

And I want to help companies and organizations not only to embrace their cultural diversity, but to turn it into real success stories. I firmly believe that multicultural teams have the potential to build bridges and bring the world a little closer together.

Maren Morawski, founder of Petalouda Consulting

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