Work Life Balance in different countries


Want to kill your employees’ productivity? Let them overwork. In spite of some people’s criticisms, small coffee breaks can do wonders. Long hours of work with hardly any breaks in between eventually exhaust employees and reduce their productivity.

OECD has conducted several studies on this issue and found that working models, like that in Sweden, create a balanced work-life routine and allow people to be more creative in their work. The recent OECD data includes the percentage of employees working 50 hours or more in each country.

Sweden is one of the countries, which doesn’t exhaust its employees. According to the OECD stats, Turkey is the number one country featuring 40.9% of employees overworking themselves.


It is followed by Mexico, Japan, South Korea and Israel. The Russian Federation (Russian Federation and Brazil are also included in the stats despite that they are not OECD countries) features only 0.2% of employees overworking and is followed by the Netherlands with 0.4% and Sweden with 1.1%.

The Swedish model recommends small coffee breaks during which colleagues can meet, talk and have some coffee, tea or another drink. This custom has a special name in Sweden – it’s called fika, which actually means “coffee” in Swedish. The secret of the custom is not to necessarily have a cup of coffee, but getting away from one’s desk. This led Swedish employees to feel less stressed and tensed, and work in amicable environments. By feeling good at work, they are more productive without having to work 50 hours or more to accomplish the same results.

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