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Why a break is essential?

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When working on a complex problem or when you feel that you have too much to do, it is easy to convince yourself that you do not have the time to take breaks. You see, have you ever wondered whether it’s better to complete your work in small chunks or just power through it? Studies have shown that most full-time workers spend more than the typical 40 hours a week at work. About a quarter of employees work during their lunch breaks – leading to an attitude of overworking.

When you just can’t figure it out, when your mind gets stuck on the same problem, it’s best to take a break or do something completely different for a while. Trying the same thing repeatedly will lead to nothing. So here I like to put one example, a study of call center employees who took regular breaks found that their enthusiasm and commitment to their work increased. This had a measurable impact on sales figures (and thus the company’s bottom line).

So, taking a break improves focus and concentration and provides the opportunity for an employee’s mental reset. After a break, work can resume with more energy and motivation. Working without taking one or more breaks only leads to mental and physical fatigue. It can even lead to burnout in the long run.

TOP BENEFITS OF TAKING BREAKS AT WORK

Breaks are essential to employee morale. Studies have shown that breaks lead to higher productivity, higher job satisfaction, a more balanced emotional health, and a stronger desire to go above and beyond.

Most experts recommend taking breaks between every 25 and 90 minutes. In the end, it depends on what is best for you.

Taking breaks at work can:

  • Help you re-evaluate goals
  • Increase productivity and help the mind refocus
  • Lessen injuries, body aches, and pains
  • Improve creativity
  • Reduce stress
  • Boost employee engagement
  • Improve mental health

Just like feeling thirsty is your body’s way of begging for water, taking a break when you’re exhausted is your body begging for downtime. 

WHY DO EMPLOYEES SKIP TAKING BREAKS AT WORK?

Many employees are used to working indefinitely without taking a break. The excuse for not taking a break is a high workload, a deadline, a long-term sick colleague, or an urgent request from that hugely important client.

To stay sharp and focused, it is very important to take a break despite all those urgent matters. By the way, the word break may be interpreted in several ways. It can be a 10-minute break, a longer break, but also a break in the form of a (short) vacation. It’s all about what you do or don’t do during that break. More about the benefits of taking a break later.

Why are breaks not taken consistently or not filled correctly?

  • Disproportionate workload
  • Not understanding the positive effects, a break can offer
  • Feeling guilty about taking a break when others are not

Conclusion

Taking breaks is important in recovering from stress, which can, in turn, improve your performance. Recovering from work stress can restore energy and mental resources and decrease the development of fatigue, sleep disorders, and cardiovascular disease. I hope now whenever you are exhausted and not able to think creatively, you’ll take a break for yourself.

Amrin

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