CALLING LAGOM TIME
The lagom work–life balance is supported in Sweden by its tradition of almost shutting down for the summer, with most professionals taking at least four consecutive weeks off for a proper summer break. Parents get generous parental leave as well as the right to flexible working, or at least working shorter days, for the first eight years of a child’s life. But even without such benefits, we can take the lagom lead and spend as many of our evenings as we can with family or friends, cooking, eating, and chatting about the events of the day. And when it comes to Friday, there is the Swedish example of fredagsmys, the ultimate comfort eating experience featuring a pick-’n’-mix taco buffet, crisps, and dips while vegging on the couch in front of the TV. What better way to kick off the weekend than in true lagom style?
Leave work on time. Research has shown that it makes us happier and more productive.
DID YOU KNOW?
The average Swede works 1,644 hours per year, compared with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development average of 1,776 hours. And yet Sweden ranks sixth in the global competitiveness index.