The sex breaks would be in addition to regular pastry breaks.
Earlier this week, Per-Erik Muskos, a council member in the town of Övertorneå in northern Sweden, proposed a work-life balance measure that frankly sounds pretty fantastic: a paid one-hour break for employees to go home and have sex with their partners.
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It's worth noting that if this measure passes, how the residents of Övertorneå spend their paid hours off in the middle of the day will technically be up to them. As Muskos told the AFP, "You can't guarantee that a worker doesn't go out for a walk instead" (or that she doesn't opt for a vibrator over a partner, presumably?) — but the point is to allow couples more time to bond. "There are studies that show sex is healthy," Muskos said. (He's not wrong.) "It's about having better relationships."
Swedes' work schedules aren't exactly grueling as is, at least next to Americans': according to the OECD, Swedes worked an average of 1,612 hours in 2015, while Americans worked 1,790. And fika, a coffee/tea/baked-good break that takes place two or three times a day, is widespread in Swedish workplaces. Add sex to all those cinnamon buns and cups of coffee, and work sounds like an absolute delight. And given that Sweden's economy is growing more quickly than the U.S.'s right now in spite of all these shenanigans, maybe Americans could stand to learn a few things from the Swedish approach to work-life balance.