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WORKING AT ARKET

BALANCE & SUSTAINABILITY

Careers  As a brand and employer, we consider work-life balance and sustainability – in its multiple meanings – essential ingredients to the common progress of us as a group.

This means, we encourage our employees to take time to recharge and find ways to work in a way that feels sustainable for them long-term. We encourage our employees to take time to recharge and find ways to work in a way that feels sustainable for them long-term. This page is under construction.

Meet Caroline Igel, one of our graphic designers, that shares her thoughts on the benefits of sustained yoga practice and the discoveries that come from listening kindly to what your body says.

‘I have been working on finding balance in life for quite a long time. But in the past year, with all the changes that have happened in the world, I’ve realised that life balance is not something you will just find but a condition you constantly need to create and recreate. Because balance is change. You have to be flexible and attuned to what it is you need today, in the current moment. What do I need to save or recharge my energy, to feel at ease, to be happy?

‘Life balance is not something you will find but a condition you constantly need to recreate.’

balance Caroline Igel

'I have been organising a yoga class with a guest teacher at our office to make the practice accessible to as many people as possible. I think it’s important for many reasons. It’s a fun thing to do with your colleagues and it allows you to focus on something else for a while; it’s a slight change of scenery which opens up for new perspectives; a chance to break out of the work routine which brings new inspiration and helps our creativity. For me personally, it is also an opportunity to get to know new people. You often work and hang out within a smaller team, but in yoga, it doesn’t matter who you are and what you do or what your title is. Everyone is equal on the mat and shows up with whatever they’re carrying today. Everyone is there for the same reason, to share the practice and be together. I think that’s fantastic. Out of 150 people at the office, about 50 of us have been part of the yoga group on and off, which I think really shows there’s a need for it.

Part of being aware and conscious of your needs is also to do nothing. I think that’s really important to underline. I’ve always struggled to be good, to be capable, so part of my search for balance is to remind myself that everything is OK. I’ve sometimes felt bad for not doing enough yoga, not being ‘balanced enough’. But that feeling of failure is definitely not serving me. Every new year, I’m writing a list of goals for myself. Things I want to do or start working on. On top of that list is ‘Be kind to yourself’.’'

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