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A Swedish researcher has found that a healthy sex life leads to happier, less stressed workers - thereby suggesting that employers might consider providing workplace "comfort rooms" where hard-pressed lackeys can get their ends away in the company's best interests. Actually, that's not true. What psychology doctoral student …


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  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    5 years!!!

    Happy homelife makes for happy worklife.... and it took 5 years to figure this out.

    As studies in the ridiculously obvious, previously investigated and ultimately worthless (as it's not going to change anything) .. this FIVE YEAR study is really something.

    I may ask my boss if that simple, obvious task that is on my to do list could be delivered in 5 years... i think i can guess the response.

    Who pays these people and why? Silly vegatable.

  2. Piers

    probed 900 male and female participants

    you. are. bad.

  3. Anonymous Coward
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    from this research, is they've found a group of Swedish women in need of a good shag in the interests of workplace productivity and economic recovery. Now Gothenburg isn't that far away...

  4. Anonymous Coward
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    >fulfilling domestic relationship equates to less stress at work - for women at least.

    => Woman are happier when men do more of the housework.

    This is hardly surprising, also previous studies have shown that in such a relationship men get more nookie however I can't remember if it was at home or away.

  5. Charles Ralli
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    "I'll have to pass on the three-headed Göteborg gerbil story"

    And in this case, its to the rest of your readership.

  6. Bucky

    Cop out

    'Andersson also found that "men were often more interested in the frequency of sex than women, who were more inclined to value the quality of sexual relations", as The Local puts it.'

    That's such a cop out.

    I've watched sitcom after sitcom, and if there's one thing I've learned about heterosexual relationships, it's that women simply don't like sex.

  7. Anonymous Coward
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    As you say, it's very much from the department of the bleeding obvious.

    I've had supporting evidence for years - I used to work at a place where the sexual shenanigans made it into the national press (I couldn't possibly mention the company at all, but their main products are not purple sofas, rabbits or The Sun).

    The bosses "clamped down" to prevent this sort of thing.

    Result - the employee morale went into the toilets (instead of the pairs of employees)

  8. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Cause and effect

    OK so they found a correlation, but how can they tell if rumpy-pumpy causes workplace happiness, or if people who are happy at work go home in a better mood and shag more?

  9. Anonymous Coward

    They have got this the wrong way around

    I should sue my wife's employer for sleep deprivation.

  10. Pete

    which is the horse?

    and which is the cart?

    All this study "proves" is that there exists a correlation. It doesn't have the ability to say which situation is the cause and which is the effect. You could equally interpret it as saying that a less stressed work environment leads to a better (or more frequent, as that's what blokes seem to want) sex life.

  11. Anonymous Coward
    Dead Vulture

    I'll be very disappointed...

    ...if we don't get the Göteborg gerbil story, complete with Playmobil reenactment.

  12. Greg

    Geez Lester!

    This sentence hurt my head...

    "Andersson failed, however, to provide a correlation between stress and average but frequent sex for males, or ground-shaking sex for women, but only every six years."

    Not saying there's anything wrong with it, but judging by Lester's extra punchy zeroneology effort ("commentards") and the above sentence, I'd wager he was drinking when he wrote the article. And why not? Write on, Lester.


  13. JC

    They needed to study this?

    Doing things that make us happy, makes us happy? Who would've thunk it?

  14. Anonymous Coward

    Opportunities arising

    Sticking with your first paragraph ... I guess it's something you might outsource rather than deal with all the issues arising. Time to invest in brothels?

    Mine's the one with the Seamstresses Guild logo.

  15. Scu
    IT Angle

    at least a link...

    to the gerbil story? In English, por favor?

  16. James O'Brien
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    Nice one for Friday Lester

    Now to see if I can convince my boss to let me hire a PA to shag

  17. James Woods

    women = evil

    I've worked a good portion of my earlier years with women in various capacities and they definitely represent their personal lifes in the workplace alot more then men do. Girls get nuts when they aren't getting it because they lose the upper-hand in the relationship. If the guy they're with is getting it somewhere else or not at all well I hope she's the breadwinner of the the two.

    I think what these types of studies might leave out is alot about the people they are profiling. To have sex, and a good sex life you would need to be somewhat of a decent person and well yeah a little attractive and somewhat civilized to be around.

    Silly Sweden.

  18. David Wilkinson

    correlation or causality.

    I have a lot of female friends who report dramatically decreased bedroom activity when their boyfriends/husbands are having a rough time a work.

    It could also be that the same relationship skills to be productive at work, also carry over to your personal life.

  19. Anonymous Coward
    IT Angle

    Afternoon delight = Zero productivity

    If on the rare occasions I have managed to have a little afternoon delight, that was me done for the rest of the day, zonked out never went back to the office after lunch just lots of zzzzzz (Remember to Post anonymously) (Remember to Post anonymously) (Remember to Post anonymously) (Remember to Post anonymously)

  20. Andus McCoatover

    When I was a lad...

    ...nipping out for a bit of "how's your father" with a lass from work at lunchtime was called a grubscrew.


  21. Marvin the Martian

    "Bleeding obvious" etc etc

    As for those remarking it's all obvious: it is not. On the contrary, other research has shown that unhappy workers are productive workers --- as long as the unhappiness is caused at home.

    So as an employer, better hope your workers have crappy sex lives.

  22. John D Salt

    Here come the Sex Police

    In my experience, an alarming number of managers rely on stress as an instrument of control over their minions.

    If over the next few months I see a management initiative that looks like the Sex Police, I shall blame you.

    All the best,


  23. Bad Beaver
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    In other news

    Pope catholic.

    Forrest full of bear droppings.

    Fulfilling relationship has overall relaxing effect.

    What's the news?

    Now that 3-headed-muta-rodent story, that would have been something. Please don't tease us with something like that and then fail to even provide a link.


  24. Anonymous Coward
    Paris Hilton

    I'm not so sure......

    .....this is one of those stories where I need to prove what the paparazzi are telling me. Where do I sign up so that I can test out this theory? However please be warned, it may take me a while to figure out whether there's any truth in the story being reported.

    Maybe Paris could help.

  25. Anonymous Coward

    Re: which is the horse?

    I'm not sure which are worse, the comments complaining about the survey results being obvious or the comments which point out the obvious. I suppose that in many ways they are the same thing.

  26. Anonymous Coward

    No comments from Ms. Bee??

    That's a shame, perhaps she's too stressed out at work...

    And as for the rest of you - a Friday story linking shagging and stress at work (IT angle isn't even an issue) with only 25 comments and only 1 PH icon? You should be ashamed of yourselves.

    Lester, kudos for the scoop.

  27. N Silver badge
    Paris Hilton

    More research needed!

    Where do I sign?

    Paris, because shes a happy lass

  28. Anonymous Coward
    Paris Hilton

    Lack of comments and PHs

    AC wrote: "And as for the rest of you - a Friday story linking shagging and stress at work (IT angle isn't even an issue) with only 25 comments and only 1 PH icon? You should be ashamed of yourselves.

    Maybe we're all too stressed and off dealing with work or maybe we're all off screwing each other... didn't think of that, did ya?

    Paris, just because

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