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09 December 2016

Five ways to use ‘Hygge’ to increase happiness at work

Hygge, the art of enjoying everyday life attributed with making the Danes the happiest nation, has officially become a thing in the UK. Not only has the word (pronounced ‘hoo-ga’) recently made it into the Collins English Dictionary – defined as the practice of creating cosy and congenial environments that promote emotional wellbeing – but there are no less than nine new books about how to live Hygge being launched this Christmas. The good news for employers is that happy employees are not only more helpful, engaged and motivated, but also more creative, calmer and less likely to call in sick. So with all the interest in Hygge this winter, why not use the concept to spread a little happiness and wellbeing across your workforce? To help, here’s our guide to introducing five key principles of Hygge to your workplace.

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27 July 2016
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Is France right to ban out of hours emails?

France has successfully voted through a measure that requires companies to limit the spillover of work into their employees’ private lives – giving employees “the right to disconnect” their email out …

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02 October 2015
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How many occasions at work call for cakes?

For some employees the never-ending supply of cakes turns into constant eating. The lure of the sticky, sweet things in the confined space of an office, all available between 9am and 5.30pm, is just t…

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14 May 2015
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Do we need to monitor employee mental health?

The idea of actively monitoring the psychological state of employees goes against every instinct we have in HR about respecting privacy and individuality...

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09 April 2015
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10 Ways to reduce stress levels

Most of us are aware of the link between our actions and our physical health. We know that if we drink too much alcohol we are likely to get a hangover and that if we don’t apply sun block in hot weat…

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