The concept of “pika” or Swedish coffee breaks is becoming increasingly popular in workplaces around the world, including New York and London. This tradition involves setting aside time for employees to come together for a cup of coffee and snacks, fostering a sense of community and belonging.
Research has shown that shared coffee breaks can improve communication, productivity, and job satisfaction among employees. In fact, more than half of workers in Sweden reported a high level of job satisfaction compared to previous years after implementing “pika” breaks. Some companies have even made these breaks compulsory, recognizing their importance in promoting well-being and innovation.
A Swedish lecturer in well-being believes that “pika” fosters enjoyment and prosperity in the workplace. It provides an opportunity for people to discuss topics other than work, build relationships, and share new ideas. As a result, new work innovations and products have emerged from discussions during “pika” breaks, such as new office space terms.
The idea of “pika” is spreading beyond Sweden’s borders, with workplaces in the U.S., such as The Grand with Zoom coffee conversations and Hubble with monthly pastries chats, recognizing its value. By promoting social cohesion and employee well-being, “pika” appears to have a positive impact on productivity and innovation both within and outside of Sweden’s borders.