Want to increase productivity at the office? Try getting busy between the sheets on a work night. According to a new study sure to steam up the bedroom Monday through Friday, people who have sex on work nights are happier at work the next day, making them more engaged and task-oriented employees.
Published this month in the Journal of Management, researchers followed 159 married employees who filled out two surveys per day over the course of two weeks. The employees who got busy on a work night were in better moods the next day, which led to more engagement and job satisfaction throughout the day. It appeared that the effect lingered for around 24 hours and was equal for both men and women, even after researchers factored in marital satisfaction and sleep quality.
“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 Keith Leavitt, an expert in organizational behavior and management and one of the four lead authors of the study. “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.”
So what’s the reason for this post-sex professional high? Leavitt explains that sex triggers the release of dopamine, involved in the feelings of reward, as well as oxytocin, a neuropeptide responsible for social bonding and attachment, making it “a natural and relatively automatic mood elevator. And the benefits extend well into the next day.”
The study also found another relationship between sex and work performance: If you bring your work home with you, your sex life is going to suffer. Researchers found that work-related stress — like answering after-hours emails or taking phone calls at home — can negatively impact employees’ sex lives. When that happens, their work mood will subsequently be negatively affected.
“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 suggested.
So what’s the takeaway? “This is a reminder that sex has social, emotional and physiological benefits, and it’s important to make it a priority,” Leavitt said. “Just make time for it.”
Unless you work on the weekends, you may have to work extra hard to squeeze in some sexual healing. A recent study determined the most people get busy Friday, Saturday or Sunday, with the least popular sex days falling on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
What Do YOU Think?
Do you have sex on work nights? Have you found a positive correlation between sex and professional productivity? When does sex have a negative impact on your career?