Office workers refuse to flirt with boss

Swedes are happy to accept excessive drinking at the office party but draw the line at flirting with the boss.

Office workers refuse to flirt with boss
Photo: Patrick Trägårdh/ Imagebank Sweden

A survey of office workers carried out by property company Vasakronan also showed that flirting with co-workers is accepted, as are conversations focusing on stress and burn-out.

Of all the activities observed in the study, getting drunk at the office party is the most widely accepted, with 62 percent giving festive inebriation the thumbs up.

Directing amorous attentions at the boss however is very much frowned upon, with only nine percent of office workers countenancing the practice.

Seeking employment advantages by currying the boss’s favour is also a serious no-no (11 percent), while flirting with co-workers is viewed as being relatively acceptable (32 percent).

Showing disregard for others, by not washing dishes for example, is supported by 23 percent of respondents. 24 percent are content to talk behind the backs of their colleagues.

Few topics of discussion are off limits at the office – current affairs (56 percent) and work-related issues (52 percent) are the subjects most talked about; the manager(s) (9 percent) and health (7 percent) are at the other end of the scale.

Office workers are particularly comfortable talking about their feelings of stress (89 percent), concerns about their children (81 percent), different religions (71 percent) and being burnt out (66 percent).

Vasakronan’s office barometer is an independent internet-based panel reflecting the views of office workers in a variety of fields. A total of 900 people participated is the voluntary survey.


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.