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Workplace happiness with hygge
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Simple and ordinary moments can be special. That is what the Danish word “hygge” means. Even moments in the daily routine – such as in the workplace or with coworkers – can be recognized as charming or special.
Pronounced hue-guh, hygge is a Danish word that means, “A quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being.” The word has been used as a description for Danish culture as a whole – they are an example for living a life based on contentment and personal wellbeing.
Workplace wellness can learn from the Danish approach to simple happiness. Hygge only requires an acknowledgement of safety, comfort and cosiness of everyday experiences. To apply hygge to modern offices, make the environment comfortable and friendly to employees and guests. Here are some tips to improve workplace wellness with hygge.
Encourage meaningful connections between people. Colleagues know they have to work together, but bringing employees together for experiences beyond work will create connections and promote care. Try organizations group lunches or simple excursions for purposes beyond everyday work.
Let employees have pauses from the routine by promoting strategic breaks. Whether for a cup of coffee, quick snack or walk around the block, small breaks relieve the body and mind to allow for a greater appreciation of the day-to-day tasks.
Office decorations and art bring in outside inspiration. Employees will feel more comfortable when a space is inviting, charming and far from drab.
Lastly, make an effort to enjoy the simple moments and connections throughout the day. In a meeting, take two minutes to discuss the joys from the previous weekend. Celebrate successes throughout the year, whether those are work related or not. Promote informal meetings with communal areas that are welcoming and open for all employees. Hygge is all about simple connections in ordinary moments.
Encourage extraordinary moments within the ordinary routine of work with hygge. None of these ideas are revolutionary, but rather hygge is a reminder that comfort and happiness comes from simple moments. It doesn’t take much time or money to make a workplace more comfortable and employees will feel more motivated and happy throughout their workdays.