The Barcelona company says staff that ‘feel good, work good’
In a sex-positive albeit admittedly unorthodox approach to improving workplace welfare, a Spanish firm gives its staff half-hour masturbation breaks to help reduce stress and “normalise” the natural human habit.
Erika Lust runs her own adult entertainment company, Erika Lust Films, and after first announcing the morale-boosting measure back in May (aka ‘Mastrubation Month’), the new-age work-break is garnering some serious attention.
Complete with private “masturbation stations”, those working in the Barcelona office get a full 30 minutes for people to tend to their needs. In fact, the trend has been so well received that sex toy manufacturers have even supplied the company with tools to help get the job done:
Amid many positive testimonials, one employee told the Indy100 that the added breaks promote “less aggression” and “more productivity” in the workplace – the suggestion being that no matter whether it’s an office or a warehouse, the rationale should ring true either way.
Moreover, though the notion of a masturbation break outside of a setting like this might make some people uncomfortable, a recent survey conducted among more than 1,000 people indicated that as many as one in 20 people masturbated at work.
We’ve actually written about Lust before – some six years ago, to be more precise – after her campaign to encourage both “ethical” and “feminist pornography” first began gaining traction.
Since then, her business has gone from strength to strength and in celebration of this year’s ‘Masturbation Month’, she made the following documentary to get more people talking about sexuality in a way that strips away the taboo and embarrassment:
Speaking in a recent Instagram post promoting the doc, Lust stated: “The truth is masturbation can help people manage stress, regulate their sleep, and connect with their body and sexual desires, among other advantages.”
What do you think? Would/do you masturbate at work and do you think other workplaces should allocate time for it?
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