Employees told they must workout to get higher wages

Employees at the municipal water company Kalmar Vatten get paid to exercise for two hours a week during work hours, but risk lower wages if they skip the compulsory work-out, newspaper Dagens Nyheter reports.

The water company introduced two hours of mandatory exercise eight years ago to reduce workplace sprains and strains. Today, employees are forced to do at least one hour of strength training a week and the company checks up with the local gyms to make sure that the employees are following the company policy.

The head of HR at Kalmar Vatten, Linn Sjögren, says to Dagens Nyheter that "they see exercise as part of the job" and adds that "not doing your job assignments may affect your wages".

The exercise policy has reduced the number of sick leave days by roughly half a percentage point.