Hygge is a very broad concept of general happy coziness. Wiking wrote it in his new book, The Little Book of Hygge (Penguin): “Hygge is about an atmosphere and an experience, rather than about things.”. There are so many articles to find on how to incorporate it into our lives and our homes but how do we bring it to the workplace?
Well, whether you work from the comfort of your home or in a more hectic office space, the concept of celebrating simplicity, functionality and minimalism will remain the same.
- Create a collaborative, a personal and a creative space
Collaborative spaces for freelancers or people working remotely are available worldwide due to their effectiveness in increasing productivity.
In addition to this, make sure you have a home office that is secluded and personal for private conversations and focused work. Balance this all out with a creative space (for example a library if you’re a writer) where you are able to get inspired and get to work.
If you are working in a designated office space, reorganize your own office and take the initiative to talk to the right person about improvements you could make around the office to achieve these 3 spaces.
- Include fitness in your daily routine
Whether it is biking to work or half an hour of gym time during the commute, this will do wonders for your health and overall level of happiness. And don’t forget to take breaks. Going for a walk after lunch or just popping outside and walking around the grounds a bit every once in a while will give your mood and productivity level a massive boost. This also has the added benefit of light therapy – yes, that’s a real thing. I’ll tell you about it in a next post but for now; trust me, it’ll do wonders!
- Create your own patch of green
Hygge is commonly associated with candles, tea, wood decor and green plants – so why not incorporate some of that in your office space?
A wooden desk, some plants or a green living wall benefits all. If you need any inspiration, check out Amazon’s greenhouse office in Seattle. Science tells us that plants reduce stress and fatigue whilst increasing your level of productivity and workplace satisfaction. In addition to this, they’re nice to look at and filter the air. So really, this is a no brainer!
- All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy
Another thing the Danish do very well is work-life balance. This is a massive part of their culture and is often overlooked in other parts of the world. It is of course adamant that you get the most out of your work day by ensuring the maximum level of productivity during the office hours. However, the importance of leisure time is not to be diminished. Clocking off in time to spend quality time with family and friends and spending some down time with colleagues will have a huge impact on your general level of happiness.