Workers spending their lunch break at the gym may be commonplace, but in Sweden some employers are pushing the idea even further, making on-the-job exercise compulsory. Every Friday, employees of fashion and sportswear retailer Bjorn Borg leave their desks at the company’s Stockholm headquarters to get their weekly workout at a nearby gym. There is no getting out of it: for more than two years, the company founded by the Swedish tennis legend has made on-the-job exercise mandatory at the initiative of chief executive Henrik Bunge, a 44-year-old built like a wrestler. He says if you don’t want to exercise or be a part of the company culture, you have to go. So far no one has quit because of the requirement. The main aims of the policy – shared by other firms such as city water company Kalmar Vatten and construction consultancy Rotpartner – are to boost productivity and profitability while fostering camaraderie in the work force.
(Source: globaltimes.cn; Image: dailystar.com)