A healthy sex life at home boosts job satisfaction of employees, says a new study published in the Journal of Management.
Want job satisfaction? Fix it by fixing your sex life at home! Moreover, one’s engagement at work is also boosted, says a team of researchers from Oregon State University, led by Keith Leavitt.
Leavitt and his colleagues studied the work and sex habits of a group of married employees, and discovered that those who had sex at home as a priority were better able to commit to their tasks at work the following day; these people would also find greater pleasure in their jobs. Leavitt says that while we might joke about the link between the two, it is a very real thing that should be considered: a healthy relationship with a healthy sex life keeps employees happy and active in their job positions, such that the benefits thereof are reaped by both them and the organisations for which they work.
Another finding of the study entails the other side: how the home is affected by work. Leavitt and his colleagues found that stress related to work, when brought to the home environment, will generate negative impacts on the sex life of the employees. Bringing work home, with smart phones and emails, for example, is, thus, not a good idea. As a consequence, as sex life deteriorates, commitment at work also declines. Leavitt, therefore, points at the importance of not dragging work to your home.
Now, how does this work? What is the biology behind this effect? The researchers explain that sex leads to the release of dopamine (a compound linked with brain reward centres) and oxytocin (associated with social bonding and attachment), such that one’s mood is naturally enhanced, with extended benefits that last till the next day at work. This was observed in the participants who reported having had sex, experiencing more positive moods the following day; they also added that they were able to be more engaged at work.
It is to be noted that this positive effect was seen as strongly in men as in women.
“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.”