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Sweden has a caffeinated secret to happiness in the workplace

Sweden has a caffeinated secret to happiness in the workplace
Coffee – the secret ingredient to boosting productivity, promoting communication and trust between colleagues and reducing staff turnover. (Image: Depositphotos)
The Wall Street Journal
By Anne Marie ChakerWould work be better if we all took a collective coffee break? Workers in Sweden certainly think so. There, work life has long revolved around fika, a once- or twice-a-day ritual in which colleagues put away phones, laptops and any shoptalk to commune over coffee, pastries or other snacks. Swedish employees and their managers say the cultural tradition helps to promote employee well-being, productivity and innovation by clearing the mind and fostering togetherness.  Now, as bosses and workers elsewhere try to...

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