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It’s December and people are getting their candles, warm socks and mulling spices out in pursuit of that nebulous sense of HYGGE. But here are 3 Danish words that you need to learn and adopt in your workplace, if you truly want to achieve that Scandinavian work-life-balance and sense of happiness.

When I first noticed the Danish word “hygge” starting to make its way into conversations in households and offices in London back in the mid-2010’s, I was both proud and somewhat surprised. Unlike Danish design, food and egalitarianism, the Danish language is generally not held in very high esteem and is mostly known for sounding like muffled elf speech (it does) and for being spelled completely differently from how it is pronounced (it is).

Hence, as a native Dane living and working in London at the time, I was very happy that one of our guttural and impossible-to-pronounce words had…

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For a long time community-building in the workplace has been seen as a “nice to have”, often no more than an annual Christmas Party or maybe a Friday Bar if the newest recruits felt up for organizing it. But such a laissez-faire approach to community-building overlooks the massive changes that are happening today in terms of workplace culture and new corporate pressures, allowing those companies that do it well to stay ahead of the curve.

Below are 5 reasons why community-building in the workplace is absolutely business critical.

Quick note: In this context I use community-building to refer to a set of activities, both social, professional and cultural, that build relationships, affinity and trust between employees in an organization.

Reason 1: Your current and future employees all want it.

Gone are the days when it was enough for office workers to have a good salary and a fancy title. Today’s employees value a sense of belonging and community just as highly, if not more. A 2018 LinkedIn workplace culture study showed that the #1 factor that would keep professionals at their current company for the…

Excerpts from a completely unscientific, unofficial study from the LEGO Workplace Experience team.

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A lot has been said about the implications of the entrance of so-called Millennials into the workplace. From The New York Times lamenting how entitled, addicted to social media and downright lazy they can be to Forbes Magazine heralding them for being driven by social impact, personal growth and a strong sense of community. They’ve been accused of being the reason why every tech startup office now features a slide, free food and jelly-bean machines. …

For the majority, co-working still is a numbers game, no matter how much we want it to be about true added value.

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10 months ago, after having followed the incredible growth of the co-working industry for almost a decade, a group of colleagues at 00 and I decided to set up SuperWork, a workspace-as-a-service company focused on creating and managing nurturing work environments that enable people to be and do their best at work.

Unlike the co-working spaces that we operate across London, SuperWork was never intended to be a landlord, but purely a delivery and management service. In theory…

From conventional wisdom to contemporary science.

It’s actually quite astounding that it wasn’t until 2018 that we were able to empirically investigate the connection between open-plan offices and the level of collaboration within an organisation. After all, architects and design companies have been extolling the virtues of creating open workspaces for decades and claimed again and again that it helps engender collaboration.

Still, very little actual research has proven this to be the case. Indeed, in her PhD. thesis on the topic Irene Lopez de Vallejo from the Bartlett School of Architecture claimed that the causal relationship between the two was taken as a given within…

Why the future of the office is to optimise humans, not real estate

Co-written by Tim Ahrensbach and Indy Johar


When co-working first started in the mid 2000’s, it was intended as a tool to help entrepreneurs scale their impact by providing a supportive, collaborative space that would help them do their best work. We know this, because we were part of the movement. In the following 15 years, co-working has grown to become a global phenomenon. But over time the very nature of co-working has changed and in a world of ever-rising real estate prices it is increasingly becoming a tool for optimising real estate, rather than optimising people.

Spoiler alert: It’s not all long weekends and margaritas on the beach.

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A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of listening to an Ogilvy podcast with Humanyze’s Ben Waber talking about the pro’s and con’s of remote working. As someone who is a bit of a workspace geek and also works remotely the majority of the time myself, I thoroughly enjoyed the podcast. Still, the conversation did raise a few questions and concerns based on my personal and professional experience, and sparked me to share them here.

To give a bit of context, I work in a slightly unconventional strategic design collective where I deliver and manage innovation-focused workspaces. While our…

5 challenges for the next major workspace innovation.

Impact Hub Westminster, shortly after opening in 2011

When in 2011 my colleagues and I endeavoured on the ambitious project of setting up a 12,000 sq. ft. co-working space for social impact organisations in the heart of London, I often found myself having to explain at length the benefits of moving into a shared workspace. …

Tim Ahrensbach

Creating awesome, playful workspaces with the LEGO Group that help people be and do their best at work. @infostructure00 alumni

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