Every employer wants employees who are motivated, hard-working, engaged, and loyal.
Wanting and getting are two different things, though -- so how do you build the team you need? Pay and benefits are certainly important, but other factors make a difference.
That's why many employers offer things beyond pay and benefits.
That's why many employers are constantly looking for ways to stand out by offering perks that other employers do not.
But here's one you probably didn't, um, see coming.
Per-Erik Muskos, a city councilor for the small Swedish town of Overtornea, presented a motion that employees should be given a paid one-hour break to, yep, go home and have sex with their partners.
"There are studies that show sex is healthy," he said. "It's about having better relationships."
But it's still pretty hard to imagine, um, inserting that particular provision in employee handbooks, though.
Acceptance is hard to imagine even in Sweden, where employees work an average of just over 1,600 hours per year, the lowest amount in Europe, and where every employee gets 480 hours paid paternal leave a year that can be divided between two parents.
But acceptance might be more likely if the time period allowed was less than an hour. That's certainly possible, since research shows the length of the average sex act is just over seven minutes... and 43% are completed within two minutes.
(And right now men are thinking, "No way!" while women are nodding ruefully.)
Per-Erik said he "saw no reason" why the motion wouldn't pass.
And maybe he's right.
As Steve Jobs said, "Here's to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes... the ones who see things differently -- they're not fond of rules... You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can't do is ignore them because they change things... they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do."