2. The Hygge Approach
A Danish inspired concept that “is about an atmosphere and an experience, rather than about things. It’s about being with people we love. A feeling of home … giving your responsible, stressed out achiever a break” as said by Meik Wiking, the author of The Little Book of Hygge.
Having a breakout room is important for employees to take a break and have the time to bond with their colleagues. This can encourage idea sharing and collaboration to create a sense of community, trust and support amongst the teams, as well recognition for individuals. It’s believed to increase productivity by 20% when employees spend time in these rooms.
The ability to personalise desk spaces for each employee with their own belongings will transform their working space into a sanctuary-like spot just for them. Having a blank canvas enables them to add their own personality with family photo’s, their own mug or their favourite plant for a sense of escapism from their tasks, and may even act as a source of inspiration too.
Playing on our senses is a subtle way to create special moments around the office, like walking past a water feature for a visual and acoustic perspective. Having classical music in the background rather than the radio aids concentration due to its lack of lyrics, and therefore blends into the background releasing dopamine just like a cup of coffee would.
Implementing some Hygge-inspired ideas will ensure employees feel supported emotionally and physically by working within a cosy, content environment that they enjoy working in. To enhance the wellbeing of employees, ensure working environments are comfortable and promote that sense of wellbeing as a priority for everyone.