Sex lessons for 'cranky' miners
The Australians must have a unique sense of humour. However, this is a good policy, worthy of emulation.
Australian coal miners are being given lessons in foreplay and the menopause in an attempt to boost productivity.
Managers at the Bulga pit, north of Sydney, say the so-called toolbox talks help workers to understand their wives, making them happier and healthier.
Mining firm Xstrata says the scheme has been so successful that it wants to extend it to other pits.
The briefings are on a different topic each month and have included advice on fatigue, nutrition and heart disease.
Company bosses say giving their predominantly male employees lessons on the menopause and foreplay gives them a healthy sex life, which in turn makes them happy, productive workers.
"We have to look at the lifestyles of our employees, making sure they are fit and healthy at work, but also fit, healthy and happy at home," Xstrata spokesman James Rickards told Reuters.