Swedish workers “lack motivation”

Swedes are unmotivated at work, a new survey has shown, and the consensual Swedish management style could be to blame.

The survey by consultancy firm CFI Group, shows that Swedes are less motivated at work than Danes, Norwegians or Finns.

The 14,000 people who took part in the survey were asked a series of questions intended to measure their motivation. The results showed that Danes were the most motivated workers in the Nordics, with the Swedes appearing to be less happy in the workplace.

The situation was particularly bad among workers in the post and telecoms sector, who emerged as Sweden’s least motivated workers. Workers in banking and insurance were the best motivated.

Mats Frid, managing director of CFI Sweden, blames Sweden’s consensual management style for the lack of drive among workers.

“Swedish managers involve workers, which is good,” he told The Local, “ but by doing this you also lose clarity.”

According to the survey the factor that motivates people most is the content of their daily work. Management was viewed as the least important driver of motivation.

“I was surprised that management came so low,” says Frid.

The key to getting people more motivated is to improve the leadership in Swedish companies.

“Swedish companies are not particuarly good at communicating vision and targets,” he says.

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Boys claim woman threatened them with ‘sex or deportation’

A woman who ran a refugee home in central Sweden is under investigation for sexual offences after two Afghan boys claimed she threatened them with deportation if they refused her advances.

Boys claim woman threatened them with 'sex or deportation'
File image of asylum seekers in a Migration Agency waiting room in Solna. Photo: Marcus Ericsson/TT

The boys, who have not been named, say the woman encouraged them to film her having sex with them, newspaper Eskilstuna Kuriren reports.

She then urged them to watch the films and to phone her when they missed her, they said. 

Eskilstuna Kuriren was given access to the films and believes they show the acts described by the boys, and that the woman can clearly be identified. She rejects the accusations.

The boys told Eskilstuna Kuriren they tried to inform social services and the police about what was happening but nobody listened to them.

They then went to the newspaper with their story on the advice of relatives living in another part of Sweden. 

“The boss at the home forced us into it and exploited us for sex. She knew we had to, and that nobody would help us,” one said. 

The boys say they had sex with the woman on four or five occasions, at a hotel and in her own home in the Sörmland region.

On one occasion all three were in bed together, they say, but mostly one of the boys had sex with the woman while the other filmed. 

The woman also offered the boys alcohol, they claim, saying it would help them enjoy the experience and despite them being under 18, the legal age for drinking alcohol. 

They allege that she promised to buy them clothes and toiletries if they had sex with her, but she also told them she would destroy important documents and get the migration agency to deport them if they turned her down.

They also faced sexual advances from other people in the woman’s social circle, they say. 

In an interview with Eskilstuna Kuriren one of the boys says they would be “stoned to death” if they ever went back to Afghanistan and their story got out. 

The boys were recently moved to a home in a different municipality. Local authorities there contacted the police after learning of their allegations. 

Police confirmed to the newspaper that an investigation into sexual offences was ongoing. They would not specify what the alleged offences were. 

The boys say they arrived in Sweden in November after they were urged by their families to flee Afghanistan and seek a better life.