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Welcome to the Health Defence Blog - a blog about health, wellness and a healthier you. Brought to you by the Health Defence team at Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland, you'll find up-to-date information on a range of topics from what's in your food to the latest advice on e-cigarettes!
Megan - Health Promotion Specialist
June 1, 2018
Fi…what?! I think our Scandi neighbours might be onto something special. Hint: it involves cinnamon buns and drinking coffee with colleagues ... you’ll want to find out about this special break in your workday.
What is Fika?
Fika is a Swedish term which basically means ‘to meet up, have a coffee and a chat’. Fika is a Swedish institution, a cultural norm and part of the usual working day in Sweden.
Fika is not just a coffee that you quickly drink at your desk. It’s about the coming together of people, interacting face-to-face and a chance to slow down.
We introduced Fika into our workplace at the beginning of this year to encourage more face-to-face communication and to help break down barriers between teams. We got a great response with people showing up from all departments (perhaps it was the non-traditional cheesecake that attracted them initially…) but since then, these Fika-breaks have grown in popularity.
Benefits of Fika
Apart from eating cinnamon buns and drinking coffee (what’s not to love!), Fika may help to:
How to incorporate Fika into your workday
Cinnamon buns aside, this is something that all workplaces could really benefit from.
Is it time to introduce a “Fika” break in your office?
***Disclaimer: always seek medical advice before starting a new diet, exercise regime or medication. The information in these articles is not a substitute for professional advice from a GP, registered dietitian or other health practitioner.