High productivity of the Swiss workforce
Switzerland is very competitive in terms of workforce productivity as a result of the high employment rate, longer working hours (40-44 hours per week), and less vacation (4-5 weeks per year) compared to neighboring countries. The rate of employee absenteeism is very low, and labor strikes are extremely rare.
Companies which choose to invest in Switzerland in the Greater Geneva Bern area can be assured that their employees will speak their customers’ language. The teaching of German and French at school is required in all the cantons of the GGBa, three of which are officially bilingual, namely, Bern, Fribourg and Valais. Employees generally speak two or three languages (either French or German, and English, and often Italian or Spanish). A growing number of companies have adopted English as the principal working language. Managers in the region have solid international experience.