Coexist, a community interest firm in Bristol, has a largely male workforce and believes tapping into employees’ natural sexual desires will benefit everyone.
It hopes to tackle the taboo of masturbation by becoming the first company in the UK to introduce a policy to allow men leave if they are suffering.
Bud Baxter, a director at Coexist, said: “As a manager of staff I have seen men really suffer with their blue balls and I have found them doubled over in a lot of pain.
“They feel guilty and ashamed for taking time off and often sit at their desks in silence not wanting to acknowledge it.
“It started from there and we thought we had to see what we could do about it and try and break the last great taboo.
“Nothing like this has been done in the UK before, we believe, and if it has, it has been very small.”
According to the NHS, studies suggest 90 per cent of men experience pain if they do not masturbate regularly. Around 20 per cent describe their pain as moderate, while two per cent say it is severe.
Another study, it says, claims 14 per cent of men are frequently unable to work because of the pain.
Mr. Baxter believes the scheme will increase productivity and hopes other firms will follow the lead of global sportswear giant Nike and introduce similar policies.
Nike introduced masturbation leave in 2007 and makes business partners sign a memorandum of understanding to ensure they maintain the company’s standards.
Mr. Baxter said: “”Many companies are female-centric and don’t discuss their male worker’s sexual needs but there is a misconception that taking time off makes a business unproductive,” he said.
“This is not about employees taking more time off but working more flexibly and efficiently around their sexual needs and encouraging a work-life balance.”
The issue of masturbation leave has previously divided opinion, with some saying it is discriminatory or even sexist to allow men extra time off, while others argue it is a medical necessity.
Mr. Baxter said: “When men are experiencing the need to ejaculate they are in a winter state, when they need to regroup, keep warm and nourish their bodies.
“The spring section of the cycle, immediately after ejaculation, is a time when men are actually three times as productive as usual.”
The policy has been created as part of the ‘Pioneering Penis Policy: Valuing Natural Cycles in the Workplace’ seminar which will take place on March 15 at Hamilton House in Stokes Croft.
It is based on the work of Alexander Pope, the founder and creator of men’s leadership programme, Blue Balls School.
The school teaches “a radical new approach to men’s health and wellbeing; creativity and leadership; and spiritual life based on the power of our masturbatory consciousness.”
Mr. Baxter added: “It seemed a great opportunity to host an event for other businesses which can launch their own conversation about it.”
Future programs will consider encouraging female employees to participate in male sexual needs by ingesting semen, which has been shown to reduce and prevent depression in women.