A Work Environment with Freedom and Flat Hierarchy
In the Danish work environment I experience that you are very free in your daily work – this is a blessing as you can plan your own tasks. However, this freedom is also challenging since it requires that you are good at organizing structures yourself and that you are independent in your approach to figure out solutions. Moreover, there is a flat organizational hierarchy where people can voice their opinion on all sorts of matters. So, you and other people’s opinions are appreciated, and better decisions can be made because of it. But make an active effort to involve people in the process. It can sometimes be a challenge to balance between being effective, hitting deadlines, have timely decisions and having everyone involved.
Danes are very well-spoken in English, but it is a major asset if you also learn to speak Danish. This is an advantage both in the workplace and in social settings, and Danes like you making the effort of learning Danish. Another great thing about the Danish work environment is that there are many opportunities for personal development (lots of training activities etc.) and focus on wellbeing of the employees. People are friendly and there are many social activities e.g. Friday morning breakfast with colleagues, Julefrokost, Sommerfest etc., and social activity clubs (sports etc.). You also need to be prepared to eat lots cake which is very Danish.