Hygge in the workplace

‘Hygge’ (pronounced ‘hue-gah’), as most of you probably know by now, is a Danish word.  It describes a feeling or mood that comes from taking genuine pleasure in making ordinary, everyday things more meaningful, beautiful, or special.  The English have become obsessed with it.  In fact, if you haven’t been bombarded by this unpronounceable (how actually do you say it?) word in every magazine you pick up, every home store you visit and on most blog posts…then, well we guess you must have been living under a stone for the past year.  And stones are so not hygge.

We’ve interpreted it as being an abstract state-of-mind that means you take time to really appreciate the simple things of life.  And pretty much live off hot drinks and good food.  And cover every surface in rugs, furs, and blankets.  And just generally be happy about everything and friendly to everyone!

So…we’ve concluded it’s a great concept all round but how, since most of us spend about one third of our entire life at work, can we implement hygge in our offices?

Here are some of our ideas:
  • Personalise your work space (ok, perhaps not full on sheep skins but just a few photos, a mug, or something that’s ‘you’)
  • Get back to nature (use timber, plants or living walls to boost aesthetic and also act as an air filter, increasing productivity and workplace satisfaction!) Greenery can also help with absorbing sound in the office! Find out more benefits of greenery here
  • No more lunchtime eating ‘al-desko’ (get outside, take time to socialise with colleagues or find a café nearby)
  • Education… Hygge is all about self-improvement and enjoying the little things in life…so if your staff have a personal interest or want to further their skills in their job role, provide them with opportunities so they can – it will benefit you directly!
  • Culture at work is so important…be happy 🙂
  • Offer perks and benefits that exude goodwill and mean that your staff can’t help but be happy (stock up on free drinks and snacks, have a staff coffee machine, offer exercise facilities, or maybe even let them bring their pets to work *pensive*)
  • Drink lots and lots of coffee and hot chocolate – wrap your hands around the mug and really savour the warmth and flavour (seems like we’ve been unknowingly practising hygge most our lives!)