While there are many diverse leave entitlements slowly being introduced to modern workplaces, this is one work perk we can definitely, erm, get behind.
Per-Erik Muskos, a local official from the small Swedish town of Overtornea, has proposed the introduction of subsidised breaks for staff, giving them the chance to head home and do the dirty, suggesting that the time already allotted to fitness activities would be better spent with your spouse. The town’s dwindling population is the main reason for the proposal, but improved employee morale, as well as an improvement to marriage health, has also been cited by Per-Erik as happy side effects. The town is currently 4,500 people strong, with 550 municipal employees set to benefit from the motion if it passes.
“We should encourage procreation. I believe that sex is often in short supply. Everyday life is stressful and the children are at home,” Per-Erik explained. “This could be an opportunity for couples to have their own time, only for each other.”
Sweden was also a front-running nation to begin introducing shorter work days, which are proven to boost productivity and workplace wellbeing.
So, forget ping-pong tables: why not take this new proposal to your boss instead?