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?”