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Office Hacks: Hygge in the Workplace

Office Hacks: Hygge in the Workplace

Health and wellness play a
huge role in employee productivity and therefore it is no surprise that more
and more workplaces are embracing the popular Danish concept Hygge. The
Danish art that focusses on creating cosiness in the home has infiltrated the
fashion industry and it is set to make its mark on the corporate world too.

After all, according to the World
Happiness Report
, Danish people
topped the polls in both 2013, 2014 and 2016 for being the happiest people in
the world. With this in mind, let’s take a look at the ways in which
incorporating the key principles of Hygge (pronounced ‘hoo-gah’) can lead to
increased productivity in the workplace.

Create Calms and Contentment

Rather than something physical that you can touch or create, Hygge is a state of mind. With stress being one of the top culprits for employee absences, the workplace needs to offer calming qualities to take the pressure off when those deadlines are looming.

Take advantage of those quirky office perks, that lunchtime yoga class or daily meditation session can make all of the difference. Homemade sweet treats are also a huge part of the Danish art of happiness, so why not organise an office food rota with employees taking it in turns to bring in homemade cakes? Lastly, Hygge is about creating a soothing environment and a relaxing playlist can really help to keep you centred in amongst the chaos of turning in reports on time and hitting targets.

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Take Regular Breaks and Embrace Teamwork

Me time
is one of the key principles of Hygge and one way to incorporate the concept
into your day-to-day life is to schedule in regular breaks. With deadlines to
meet and tasks to complete, it is easy to buckle under the stress of it all,
but taking regular breaks is essential for both physical and mental wellbeing.
Whether companies create a designated lounge area for employees to enjoy some
down time or simply encourage employees to take their lunch breaks away from
their desks, these steps can help to alleviate stress. While Hygge does focus
on relaxation, it also touches on spending time with others and creating a
positive workspace via communication and camaraderie. A Hygge inspired
workplace boasts an environment where communication is treasured and team work
is applauded.

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Strive for a Better Work/Life Balance

Work/life
balance comes up again and again when discussing the Danish concept of Hygge.
Flexible working hours can increase productivity in the workplace and give
employees more leisure time to spend connecting with loved ones and indulging
in pastimes that bring them pleasure. For some, a better work/life balance
could mean spending more time with friends and family, pursuing a hobby or
simply having more free time to indulge in your favourite interests. In Denmark
the average working week is 33 hours long. Could flexible working hours be the
reason that Danes are the happiest people on the planet?

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Personalise Your Desk Space

Hygge
is all about engaging the senses including sight, sounds and touch. At home
this would involve adding elements such as candles, cushions and throws and
experimenting with new textures, scents and colours. So how can employees
create a sensory experience at their desk? A Hygge inspired workplace is the
opposite of a sterile white office block. Instead it features comfortable
chairs, soft colours and inspiring art. Hygge teaches employees how to create a
more inspiring, revitalising office space by bringing the outside in. Encourage
creativity and create a sanctuary of sorts with small photo frames, artificial
plants
and your own mug, anything that will make the space you have feel
more personal.

Could
the principals of Hygge make you more productive? Do you work in a Hygge
inspired office? Let us know on Twitter
@viking_chat.

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