Don't go to work if you're ill. Photo: Christine Olsson/TT
Get used to the phrase 'work-life balance'. You'll hear it a lot in Sweden. Swedes may not all be quite ready to graduate to six-hour working days, but the number of hours they work each week are among the lowest in Europe. Most people simply do not work that late, although more are starting to reply to work e-mails out-of-hours on their smartphones.
The Swedish workforce is all about cooperation too. There's no great scope to be a maverick – if you try to do it all yourself, you'll simply be frozen out. If there is a pressing deadline, everyone will be expected to work extra hours and muck in. All for one and all that. There's simply no need to try to be workaholic – it just won't get you anywhere.
And, if you thought that all this down-time, parental and sick leave, short hours and general civility would leave Sweden in the economic doldrums then you'd be mistaken – Sweden recently announced “crazy strong” growth figures.
Now, time for that coffee break…
Don't bother working late. Nobody will thank you for it. Photo: Henrik Montgomery/TT
Article first published in 2015 and updated in 2017.