Give them a Break

Did you know, the tradition of coffee breaks goes way back to the early days of industrial revolution. Back then, factory workers would take a short break in the morning and afternoon to grab a cup of joe and chat with their co-workers. And guess what? It turns out, these little breaks actually increased productivity for the companies. Unfortunately, it also came with negative side effects of jitteriness, anxiety, and difficulty in sleeping. Nonetheless, it’s a fact that taking short breaks throughout the day increases your focus and productivity.  

But don’t just take our word for it, there’s data to back it up. For example, a study conducted by the University of Melbourne found that employees who took short, active breaks throughout the day were more productive and had a better overall work-life balance compared to those who did not take breaks. It also found that employees who took regular breaks were able to focus better, had fewer mistakes, and felt less fatigued.  

Fast forward to today, you’ll find that some companies, like Google, have taken this concept to the next level. In recent years, Google has implemented a unique work culture, where they allow employees to spend 20% of their working hours on projects or activities that they are passionate about. And the results were surprising! Employees who participated in the 20%-time program were significantly more likely to come up with new ideas and to develop new products. That’s because when employees take a break to do something they’re passionate about, they come back feeling recharged and more focused. 

It may seem counterintuitive to you that employees should “waste time” by taking breaks but reality is that pursuing their passions can lead to increased productivity and innovation for companies. If you want a more positive work environment and lower turnover rates, then GIVE THEM A BREAK as at the end of the day it’ll save your company time and money in recruiting and training new employees.  

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