Benefits of short breaks during working hours

April 2, 2010 by  
Filed under Employer - employees, Management

As you go on to chase a deadline, you’ve already forgotten your meals and ignored to take some short breaks. A heroic act is what lingers in your mind. Besides, this is what your boss wants. Because your boss is a workaholic, he wants to see you also in his shadow. The lack of strategic planning and quality control has caused all of these cramming office scenarios. But there is no turning back and you need to accomplish your challenging job. When you look at your face in the mirror, you’ve noticed two big, dark and puffy bags under your eyes. Then you have called your fairy god mother and wish to get rid of them. But there is no fairy tale on this. What you need is a break. – a series of short breaks for relaxation and rejuvenation.

Taking short breaks recuperates your brain, eyes and your body. It also reboots your thoughts and emotions. Your body and brain have been exhausted for over working and they need to be rejuvenated to work again properly. Even when you push your self to the limit to finish a task, it will only result to fatigue and consequently will result to a failure to get that task done. Also, there are times that our body can still function but our eyes cannot do their job anymore. In this case, our eyes should regain freshness.

A two minute short breaks every hour can help us protect our body from exhaustion and over fatigue. These short breaks can also preserve the quality of our works. Just compare two tasks performed by an exhausted worker and an invigorated worker. Whose task would you think to be in a quality form?

The encouragement of short breaks in a workplace will actually benefit both employees and their employer. Employees will be reassured of their health. It will also boost their motivation and productivity. On the part of employers, they can be certain that the tasks they assign to their workers will be in good quality. Encouraging short-breaks will also make employees feel that their boss cares and is listening to their needs including the needs of their boy – their health and safety. Further, the law on many countries also requires companies that employees should be given short-breaks between working hours for their protection. Demoralization of employees exists when employers discourage such privilege for their employees. This is the time that employee turnover increases and productivity decreases.

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37 Responses to “Benefits of short breaks during working hours”
  1. Having breaks even though short ones in works is really advisable. As what I have observed, people are being workaholic and never pays attention to their health. Even though you finished the task given to you, the result is being tired and even loss of energy to finish another work.

  2. used tires says:

    Yes, short breaks or even powernaps during lunch can be tremendously beneficial to one's productivity for the rest of the day.

    Till then,

    Jean

  3. O yes very great post telling of benefit of Benefits of short breaks during working hours all is very use full thanks for great sharing.

  4. I agree that many people underestimate the importance of regular short breaks. While it seems that we can just keep working for hours on end, our mind is not staying sharp during those long hours. We can do much better work if we take a break once in a while to refresh our minds & bodies.

  5. I was at a job where they encouraged us to skip our breaks. It was one of the main reasons I had to quit that job. If they are always going to work us like slaves, I feel more tired at the end of the day and I grow bitter towards the company.

  6. Genite.com says:

    I had read an article about this short breaks somewhere else and they mentioned most of us suffering from eye disease, in my opinion short breaks are very very important for us.

  7. I cannot agree with this guide more! I feel completely restless when I sit at my desk for too long. It is so important to get pu and bring oxygen to the muscles and get the blood flowing!

  8. I agree that this is an excellent guide. I used to see a chiropractor who was the first to tell me that spinal stimulation (ie moving around) stimulates brain function. Good idea to move around when you are feeling stuck on something and can't figure it out.

  9. Short Break is very important for the refreshment…

    Jacob

  10. I cannot agree with this guide more! I feel completely restless when I sit at my desk for too long. It is so important to get pu and bring oxygen to the muscles and get the blood flowing!

  11. Short breaks keep workers rejuvenated and let the right side of the brain supply ideas that the left side has been working on.

  12. Thanks for reminding us that it's important that we take breaks throughout the day. People truly underestimate the benefits of stepping away from their desks even for a few minutes.

  13. It really depends on your constitution. I think that eating when your metabolism rate is high is good because you tend to get energized quickly. Also for most of us, late afternoon lunches can lead to sleep. ;)

  14. First let me say that I'm a Republican and speech like this is disgraceful to me…but what I'm wondering is, is it really a threat and against the law?

  15. Hi this is very great sharing about health and freshening the mind in working fore hole day then a short break is very necessary thanks fore nice sharing.

  16. I have read recently that researchers found that taking a six minute nap at work is very refreshing as well. That it is healthy for you to do so.

  17. They can't make you work during your meal break they should stagger the time so you can go to lunch or nap or whatever you want on your time.

  18. The amount of break time you get is usually agreed with your employer. It may be written down somewhere in your contract of employment) or might just be part of your employer's standard .

  19. Employee needs a break for refreshment, Short Breaks are always good for employee health and refreshment…this post is totally dedicated for employee benefits..

    Jacob Luis

  20. Yes, after short break employee feel refresh and energetic.

  21. It’s true that short breaks will help us become more productive. An employer or boss who encourage short breaks will motivate more his employees. In our country, our law requires that employees should be given short breaks between working hours.

  22. Hi very Benefits of short breaks during working hours because i also a employ of a company and i know completely about this.

  23. Every 8 hour shift I've worked was eight and a half hours, with a half hour unpaid lunch and two paid fifteens. Actually, the 10 and a half hour shift I work now is the same.

  24. This administration has worked very hard to listen and respond appropriately to issues raised by employees. I feel that I am a valued employee. Management cares about what I think. OFM seems to care about its customers and their needs.

  25. Yes I hate that trick that employers pull. Whatever happened to a paid 30 minute break. At a lot of jobs I don't even take my breaks, but they still want you to be there for the whole 8 1/2 hours.

  26. episode says:

    I think most people will simply create their own break by making it look as if they are doing something but in fact just procrastinate.

  27. used tires says:

    Hi Victorino, it's been a wile since I've left a comment on your blog, so here I go again! Taking breaks is really a great thing to do, for me what works is taking a short walk outside, especially on a day of great weather, just by me walking outside it rejuvenates my mind and body, and I am ready to go back at it when I return from that short break.

    Till then,

    Jean

  28. Brilliant tips.. just mailed this article to my manager. I would love to have him schedule the next meeting outside the office instead of that small meeting room that hardly has any ventilation

  29. Good point. We all need some kind of breaks during a work day. A lot of those are unofficial breaks where we are checking personal e-mail or reading the latest news.

  30. Refreshment is very importent for company employee, so u need to give the short breaks for your employees…

    Harry

  31. Tej Kohli says:

    Its make people refresh also improve performance ..So Enjoy Break always

  32. Hi, Found your blog purely by chance via Google, I enjoyed having a look around and thought Id leave you a message before moving on. Nice Blog. Best wishes,

  33. A healthy life style and work environment is really necessary to gain long term achievements.

  34. Hi very important title and also blog sharing telling about Benefits of short breaks during working hours all is very live ponte

  35. I agree that this is an excellent guide. I used to see a chiropractor who was the first to tell me that spinal stimulation (ie moving around) stimulates brain function. Good idea to move around when you are feeling stuck on something and can't figure it out.

  36. I'd have to disagree about the powernaps. I don't see how that could make someone more productive. That would just put you in a sleepy state. If you really need a nap in the middle of the day, you likely aren't getting proper rest at night.

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