10 Ways People Around The World Take A Break
Taking a break can be vital to productiveness as it allows a brief moment of rest and recuperation so that the body and mind don't suffer from fatigue and one might get the most out of their day. Different people around the world have a different approach to taking a break during their working day with some placing the utmost importance on it whilst others view it as little more than a distraction.
Here we view different cultural approaches to taking a break and how they go about it.
1. Japan - Inemuri
Japan has a very industrious and work orientated culture that sees most of the population putting in overtime with no extra pay to show to their employers that they are committed to their jobs and a hard working. With the majority of office workers doing 14 hour days, this has also led to the rise of Inemuri.
2. Sweden - Fika
One of the three highest coffee consuming countries in the world, Sweden has a cultural affinity to coffee with a notion called ‘fika’. This is literally just a break time where coffee and cake are consumed but so ingrained in the national psyche is it, that people will quite often make time in their working day for it and it helps communities bond as locals will often discuss events and goings on during fika.
3. Britain - Tea Break
Although tea is rather losing its standing in British society with younger generations more likely to turn to coffee or other beverages, the tea break remains a constant although it has no set time or moment during the day. Although British working culture means that many would be reluctant to leave their desks for a prolonged period, getting up to boil the kettle and have a quick chat over a cup of tea in the office kitchen area is something done up and down the country.
4. Spain - Siesta
The siesta is a common tradition in many countries where the weather is warmer than others and usually, comes after the midday meal. A nap in the middle of the day sounds great to most people and many Spaniards plan their day around this break that punctuates their working day. After all, who hasn't had a big meal and thought they could really use a good nap afterward.
5. France - The Long Lunch
The lunch break in France can last around two hours as the country considers it a very important part of their cuisine loving culture to take the time to have a three-course meal, often accompanied by a glass of wine. The tradition has fallen a little by the wayside in recent years but the French still have the longest lunch break in Europe and one of the longest in any developed nation.