Workers in Sweden may soon have two options after a stressful meeting or performance review: steam at their desks, or get steamy at home.
This is the proposal being pushed by a city councillor in the Swedish town of Övertorneå, who believes Swedes should get a one-hour paid break to go home and have sex with their partners in an effort to improve employees’ personal relationships.
"There are studies that show sex is healthy," said city councillor Per-Erik Muskos, adding that he "saw no reason" why the proposal wouldn't be approved.
Muskos admitted that since there’s no way to verify whether employees are actually using their breaks to have sex, employers will simply have to trust their employees.
"You can't guarantee that a worker doesn't go out for a walk instead," he said.
The proposal may seem unconventional, but the concept is actually backed up by research. A 2013 discussion paper published by the Institute for the Study of Labor, for example, found that people who got down and dirty four or more times a week earned more than their counterparts who didn’t.
"People need to love and be loved (sexually and non-sexually) by others," said Nick Drydakis, the study's author and an economics lecturer at Angila Ruskin University in Cambridge, England.
"In the absence of these elements, many people become susceptible to loneliness, social anxiety, and depression that could affect their working life."
We can't think of a better alternative to a smoke break.