While many people in the U.S. find themselves hard-pressed to take a 15-minute lunch break, countries like Spain close up shop for afternoon siestas. But if you’ve been secretly fantasizing of leaving your corporate job for that provincial Italian dream life, a town in Sweden may have just taken the cake on best work city ever with an intriguing new law. The law would create a paid break for all employees — but not so they can get a bite to eat; so they can go have sex.
While the Swedes have always seen the importance of creating a healthy work-life balance for long-term productivity, one Swedish councilman’s proposed law would take that to the next level. Employees would have a one-hour paid break each week to go home and have sex.
The forward-thinking councilman, Per-Erik Muskos of the small town of Övertorneå, made the following argument in support of his motion: “Sex is an excellent form of exercise and has documented positive effects on well-being. The municipality should kill two birds with one stone and encourage employees to use their fitness hour to go home and have sex with their partner.” He also believes an hourlong paid sex break could be a solution to the town’s declining population.
Considering sex has been proven to lower stress, improve relationships and improve your heart and immune system, Muskos’ one-hour paid sex break would likely make workers happier and more productive — which would in turn save money for employers. We’re also guessing that the subsidized afternoon delight would spike Tinder usage in the town of Övertorneå.
The New York Times reports that some of Muskos’ colleagues were “taken aback” by the proposal, while some proponents of the motion are worried about the details. One advocate told the Times, “I spoke to a couple of older gentlemen who said, ‘One hour? That is not enough time.’” Good for them.
For the sake of the people of Övertorneå, we’re hoping the city council can work out the details and figure out how to enact the proposed government-funded afternoon delight. According to Health.com, Muskos’ proposal will be voted on this spring, and we’ll be sure to keep you posted on the outcome.
Erin has made telling stories about food her profession. You can find those stories in Food & Wine, LA Weekly, Serious Eats, KCET, Robb Report and First We Feast.
What Do YOU Think?
Would you take a sex break at work to improve your health and productivity? Do you think a weekly sex break would go over well with your HR department?