HR Strange But True!
May 17, 2001
You already know that HR is never boring, but here's proof from this week's news that it can get downright weird:

Quick! It's 5 o'clock - Weigh Anchor!

If you think clamping down on overtime puts a crimp in your company's performance, be glad you're not running the Swedish navy.

Thanks to a ban on overtime pay for the country's defense forces, Swedish warships are to spend most of the rest of the year in port, according to news reports.

"For the rest of this year, Sweden will have a navy only in daytime," reported one of the country's new agencies, TT.

Marine officers will work office hours only from Wednesday, meaning naval ships cannot go out on overnight operations.

Sweden is out to cut spending on military personnel by some 700 million crowns ($68 million), so it can put the money instead into new defense equipment, research, and development.

Other measures in the cost-saving plan include sending conscripts home two months early and canceling nearly all large-scale training exercises.

Source: Yahoo! News.

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