The key to scoring points with your boss at work may be scoring with your sweetheart the night before, new research suggests.
A study published in the Journal of Management found that employees who prioritized sex at home performed better at work the following day.
Researchers Christopher Barnes and Trevor Watkins of the University of Washington and David Wagner of the University of Oregon examined the professional and sexual behaviors of married employees and discovered that those who had plenty of sex at home were more likely to delve deeper into their assignments and more thoroughly enjoy their office environment.
In other words, you can get ahead by... well, getting head.
“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 of OSU’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.”
Researchers followed 159 married employees over two weeks and had them complete two short surveys every day. Employees who had sex the night before reported a boost in mood that led to a rise in job morale and productiveness. It was also revealed that those who brought their work stresses home had poorer sex lives than employees who didn’t.
The study states that having sex releases the feel-good hormones dopamine and oxytocin, which stay in effect for at least 24 hours. Factor in marital satisfaction and sleep quality (both, for obvious reasons, impacted by a healthy sex life) and the positive professional effects are just as prevalent with men as they are with 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.”
You don’t need to tell us twice.
h/t Reader’s Digest