There are many things bosses may ask employees to refrain from doing, for example asking staff to not use their mobile phones during work hours or to not consume food at their desks are commonplace in today’s workplace.
But the American Rapper Kanye West has asked those who are working on his upcoming album to stop doing something else entirely.
West asked that while preparing to produce his new album Jesus Is King, everyone working on it had to refrain from having premarital sex to ensure that they were not losing focus on their work.
In an interview with radio DJ Zane Lowe, West said: “There were times where I was asking people not to have premarital sex while they were working on the album,” reported Newsweek.
"There were times where I went to people that were working on other projects and said, 'Can you just work and focus on this?' I thought if we could all focus and fast — families who pray together stay together."
The album of the title also has biblical connotations, which could suggest why West asked those working on it not to take part in premarital relations.
The songwriter isn’t the first to instruct employees not to partake in certain activities. In 2017 HR Grapevine reported on an Uber internal memo leak which detailed when its staff could have sex.
The 2013 email, which was sent to employees from CEO Travis Kalanick before a company trip to Miami, outlined separate rules for drinking, having sex and drug-taking while on the trip.
It read: “Do not have sex with another employee UNLESS:
“a) you have asked that person for that privilege and they have responded with an emphatic: ‘YES! I will have sex with you’ AND:
“b) the two (or more) of you do not work in the same chain of command.”
The CEO finished the email with: “Yes, that means that Travis will be celibate on this trip. #CEOLife #FML.”
Keeping focus at work is a key priority for every business leader and line manager and cutting out distractions is a sure-fire way to help maintain productivity within the workplace. For example, not permitting the use of phones, social media and music in the workplace can all help to limit distractions, but how far should employers be taking this? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below…