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A management structure where the boss eats lunch with the cleaning lady
Of course the workplace culture differs from company to company, but most Danish companies are characterized by a horizontal structure where open dialogue between management and employees is expected and encouraged. In praxis this means that for example meetings facilitate a culture where everything is open for discussion and everyone are allowed and expected to contribute with their point of view. This might be different from other workplace cultures where meetings are regarded as forums for giving orders and listening to management briefings and decisions that have already been made. There are clear indications that this horizontal, consensus based model not only improves employee satisfaction, but also improves creativity and productivity.
A teamwork approach where the goals and the final result are more important than individual gain
The horizontal work approach also puts a lot of emphasis on teamwork. Working cooperatively and in teams means that tasks are performed jointly, goals are shared and the final result is the result of a collective effort. While this approach might direct some focus away from the individual, it also strengthens the individual in that each member of the group learns from each other and the group draws on the competences of each individual in order to deliver a better result.
This work approach also means that Danish companies do not only focus on the professional competences of the employees. Thus personal and social competences such as being responsible, independent, open to new ideas and able to work as part of a team are highly regarded. Placing an emphasis on personal and social competences means employees become more than just a professional resource, they are seen as complete individuals with a variety of different competences and opinions.
A work culture that values the balance between work and family life
Working for a Danish company you will experience that work hours are very flexible, aloving the employee to adjust the balance between work and family life. As an example, your office hours are often decided by you and not monitored by others. The employee demand for flexible work hours is due to the fact that the majority of both men and women work. Denmark ranks second amongst OECD countries in terms of the percentage of working mothers with children under age 2 (OECD 2005), and flexible hours are essential for these two-income families.
Furthermore Danish workplaces offer very good working conditions, modern facilities and high-quality technical equipment. Competence development is highly prioritized and most workplaces therefore regularly offer continuing education to their employees.
But does it work?
Surveys show that Danish wage and salary earners are ranked first in terms of work satisfaction (European Foundation 2007) and in terms of work motivation (IMD 2010). On top of this Denmark is ranked 3rd in Europe when it comes to overall productivity (IMD 2009).