A company has taken the unusual step of offering their employees pods to masturbate in while at work as an employee benefit – which is usually things like a dental plan or free coffee.
The Cyprus-based adult website Stripchat installed four pods for its 200 employees and will allow them 30-minute paid breaks during work hours to make use of the pods (aka to jack it). The decision to install the pods was made to help employees cope with the stress of the COVID-19 pandemic. With 200 employees sharing the four pods, they may not have assessed the stress and awkwardness involved in queuing at work for onanism.
The pods, which look like large futuristic balls, are equipped with 4K screens, Oculus Quest VR headsets, tissues, and a comfortable chair to masturbate in. It will also not be BYOL, as lube will be provided by the employer.
Surprisingly, the company is not the first to offer masturbation breaks. Last year, Erika Lust Films, who employs 36 members of staff, began letting staff have 30-minute masturbation breaks, again due to the agitation people were feeling during the pandemic. This company went more low-tech, offering a "masturbation station" rather than a high-tech ball in which you can crank one out.
"With the pandemic and the huge shift in how we live our lives, I began to notice that my employees had become somewhat agitated and were performing with less energy than before," owner Erika Lust said at the time.
"So, knowing that there's only one thing that will make everyone feel good, I've set up a private masturbation station for them to enjoy."
The head of communications at the firm suggested that the break could actually benefit the employer, too.
"Picture this: a team of happy employees with their creative juices flowing and being productive because they've had some time scheduled to make themselves feel good," she said. "A masturbation break at work can result in more focus from your employees, less aggression, more productivity and better teamwork."
With some studies suggesting that orgasms have health benefits ranging from clearing a stuffy nose to reducing prostate cancer risk, these masturbation breaks might have even more effects than just stress relief.