One Simple Change To Make You Happier At Work

One Simple Change To Make You Happier At Work

January 22, 2017 | Jason Futers

Many moons ago, I joked with my CFO that my biggest planned expense for the coming year would be hundreds of espressos! Except, it wasn’t a joke…I had every intention of spending a lot of time with colleagues over quality coffee.

And it worked…we had a fantastic year on multiple fronts. What I didn’t realise was that I was touching on a time-honoured Swedish tradition, that I believe we should all be embracing to make work a much happier and more fulfilling experience. The Swedes have got it right; workers in Sweden are some of the least stressed people in the world, and here’s their secret…it’s called fika.

The word “fika” is used as both a noun and a verb, and is derived from the Swedish word for coffee (kaffe), a national obsession for the world’s third-largest coffee drinking nation according to Quartz.

But the Swedes don’t do fika like we do coffee. For them it’s not about a caffeine hit to blast into productive mid-morning multitasking, it’s about leaving work behind to relax and socialise with colleagues.

It certainly doesn’t come in a paper cup to go. Fika is about pressing pause a few times during the working day. So, grab a colleague, and go relax over a quality coffee…create your own fika movement!

With backed up claims that it makes you more relaxed, productive and efficient, isn’t it time we all adopted the “fika mentality?”

Jason Futers

Founder, huupe





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