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In the U.S, workplaces are beginning to adopt the Swedish tradition of “pika,” which involves employees coming together for coffee and snacks to improve their well-being, productivity and innovation. The idea of setting aside time and space for people to connect and strengthen teamwork has proven valuable, with some companies even making “pika” breaks compulsory. Studies have shown that shared coffee breaks increase communication and productivity among employees, making them more likely to stay with the company.

A Swedish lecturer in well-being believes that “pika” fosters enjoyment and prosperity in the workplace. It allows people to talk about topics other than work and builds a sense of community and belonging. This has led to new work innovations and products emerging as a result of discussions during “pika” breaks, such as new office space terms.

The concept of “pika” is spreading beyond Sweden, with workplaces in New York and London recognizing its benefits for employees’ well-being and productivity. For example, The Grand hosts Zoom coffee conversations while Hubble holds monthly pastries chats. The Swedish tradition of “pika” appears to have a positive impact on employee satisfaction, productivity, and community within and outside of Sweden.

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