5 simple office policies that make Danish workers way more happy than Americans. Americans think it’s normal to hate their jobs. Let us introduce you to the Danish concept of arbejdsglæde. It means happiness at work. Here’s how Danish offices make sure it’s happening
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Do you want to be well off, young man? Then have your dad get you into his workplace, preferably one he is the owner of. A new study using data from Canada and Denmark, both countries known for comparatively reasonable levels of opportunity and equality, indicates that nepotism is a major strategy for maintaining family wealth and privilege.
Income Inequality, Equality of Opportunity, and Intergenerational Mobility
29-page .pdf file from author Miles Corak’s blog
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A Danish architecture office has found some success turning a weakness into a strength. An edible landscape converts the low intensity land uses of a post-industrial, suburban area into a rather inspiring tool of integration and enhancement. Lolland-Falster are islands immediately west of Nykøbing Falster, a regional capital with just over 16,000 people. By expanding in this direction an opportunity to embrace the coastal, urban, historical and agricultural has presented itself. Very nice!
image: Nykøbing Falster in 1900 via Wikimedia Commons
Well, there is a new verb for us all to learn. It has to do with high standards of living, easy ways to get around, economic prosperity and other things everybody wants including simply liking where you are.
The word is Copenhagenization. …all the cool cities are doing it!
‘Copenhagenizing’ the world: one city at a time
image: Borsen/stock exchange in Copenhagen by Brianmurphydk via Wikimedia Commons
The pleasure is all suburban-poverty.com’s to make mention of Copenhagen’s new dedicated bicycle super-highway. The route from a suburb called Albertslund into Copenhagen is 11 miles/18 kilometers in length and the first component of a serious national network of routes. What a fantastic real world precedent for just about any fossil fuel-using community looking for alternatives!
Cycling is healthy and cheap and empowering. Bikes are sensible tools for fighting suburban poverty. Here in North America, compulsory automobile ownership enslaves working people, drawing their resources into a matrix of requirements for gasoline, insurance, repairs, tire replacement, maintenance, tickets, parking fees, interest payments, depreciation, accidents and injuries, noise and pollution. Something has to change.
The New York Times item covering the cycling superhighway has been picked up in blogs, by the Toronto Star, and in many other places. It’s hard not to envy infrastructure like this and we hope to see more everywhere.
photo: Copenhagen via Wikimedia Commons