In Sweden it is obligatory to break at work to relax, sip coffee and eat a cupcake.
Although it seems a joke, this is getting work experience in the Scandinavian country productivity at work work very well.
Companies from Malmo to Stockholm do what is known as ‘fika’ , which translates from Company as “drinking coffee, eating sweets and talking” and is part of the working day, as can be sending e – mails or print documents .
Breaks for coffee are so important to the Swedes, even the brand par excellence of the country, Ikea, has a paragraph about it on their website: “More than a coffee break is a time to share, connect and relax with colleagues. Some of the best ideas and decisions occur during the ‘fika’ “.
Andreas Astrom , the Chamber of Commerce of Stockholm ,supports one hundred percent this tactic. “The Company management style is different from most other countries. It is horizontal and not hierarchical , ” he explains.
“In the horizontal structures it is important to listen to each person, and the communal nature of the ‘fika’ promotes conversation between employees and managers.” “In the horizontal structures is important to listen to each person, and the communal nature of the fika promotes conversation between employees and managers,” concludes Astrom.
It’s not about taking a quick coffee, but to schedule breaks throughout the day.
‘Fika’ has become fashionable
The ‘fika’ has surpassed borders and has reached countries like the US or Australia where they have multiplied the places where you can have good coffee and sweet snacks with coworkers.
“In New York, everything was bought to take, but I thought if offered something really good could change the way people did things and get them to stop and to relax” cuenta Lars Akerlund founder of a great empire in new York around the world ‘fika’.
A traditional fika is to prepare seven homemade cakes. Historically, it was a contest to see who made the mejor. También has been a change in consumer expectations, because people are tired of consumer products and now things developed in more detail are requested.