A good sex life could increase productivity and joy in the workplace, according to a new study.
The study carried out at Oregon State University’s College of Business says that maintaining a healthy sex life will help employees stay happy and engaged in their work.
To arrive at its conclusion, the study observed 159 married employees daily for two weeks.
Those who had sex were found to be in a better mood at work the next day, which led to higher levels of work engagement and job satisfaction.
“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,” said study author Keith Leavitt, an associate professor at Oregon State University’s College of Business.
“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,” he said in a university news release.
According to the study, work-related stress adversely affects employees’ sex lives.
“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,” Leavitt said.
He noted that sex triggers the release of hormones involved in feelings of reward, social bonding and attachment.
“Technology offers a temptation to stay plugged in, but it’s probably better to unplug if you can. And employers should encourage their employees to completely disengage from work after hours,” Leavitt added.
The study was published in the Journal of Management.