A new study has revealed maintaining a rocking sex life at home boosts job satisfaction and employee engagement at work. Want to get promoted? Get laid.
Clarification: With your partner. And not in the office!
A study via the Oregon State University has confirmed that a healthy sex life at home directly correlates to work based performance and employee satisfaction. So, what does this mean? If you want to have the edge for a big day at work or a special client meeting, it’s now proven that having a romp the night before will set you in good stead.
‘A study of the work and sex habits of married employees found that those who prioritized sex at home unknowingly gave themselves a next-day advantage at work, where they were more likely to immerse themselves in their tasks and enjoy their work lives’ said Keith Leavitt, Associate Professor at Oregon State University, College of Business.
‘We make jokes about people having a ‘spring in their step,’ but it turns out this is actually a real thing and we should pay attention to it,’ Leavitt continued. ‘Maintaining a healthy relationship that includes a healthy sex life will help employees stay happy and engaged in their work, which benefits the employees and the organizations they work for.’
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The study also showed that bringing work-related stress home from the office negatively impacts on employees’ sex life perpetuating a circle whereby reduced sex then leads to reduction in work-based performance.
Further, in an era when smart phones are prevalent and after-hours responses to work emails are often expected, the findings demonstrate the importance of leaving work, at work. When employment carries so far into someone’s personal life that they sacrifice things like sex, their engagement in work can decline.
Key take outs? Leave the stress at work and turn the smart phone off if you’d like to enjoy some lovin’ tonight! Not only will you feel connected with your partner, you’re again setting yourself up for a successful day in the office tomorrow! Win-win!
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‘Sexual intercourse triggers the release of dopamine, a neurotransmitter associated with the reward centers in the brain, as well as oxytocin, a neuropeptide associated with social bonding and attachment. That makes sex a natural and relatively automatic mood elevator and the benefits extend well into the next day’, Leavitt said.
To understand the impact of sex on performance at work, the researchers followed 159 married employees over the course of two weeks, asking them to complete two brief surveys each day. They found that employees who engaged in sex reported more positive moods the next day, and the elevated mood levels in the morning led to more sustained work engagement and job satisfaction throughout the workday.
The effect, which appears to linger for at least 24 hours, was equally strong for both men and women and was present even after researchers took into account marital satisfaction and sleep quality, which are two common predictors of daily mood.
‘Making a more intentional effort to maintain a healthy sex life should be considered an issue of human sustainability, and as a result, a potential career advantage.’ he said. ‘This is a reminder that sex has social, emotional and physiological benefits, and it’s important to make it a priority. Just make time for it.’
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This is a tricky one right! If the boss adds having daily sex to your KPI’s you’ll no doubt think they’re overstepping. It’s entirely only your business whether you choose to get jiggy with your partner each night or not. What management can however do is encourage employees to have a greater focus on their general work life balance. With good practices such as removing the expectation to reply to emails late at night, switching off devices altogether and getting home at a reasonable hour you’re all the more likely to ‘Netflix and Chill’ than not… right?
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REFERENCE: Keith Leavitt, Christopher M. Barnes, Trevor Watkins, David T. Wagner. From the Bedroom to the Office. Journal of Management, 2017; 014920631769802 DOI: 10.1177/0149206317698022