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Are Breaks During the Workday all that Helpful?

by | Aug 26, 2020 | Best Practices, MyTek Blog

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Hard work and productivity is a major focus in modern society. Because of this, there has been a prejudice against taking breaks, especially that breaks are a sign of an unproductive employee. We’re here to tell you that the opposite is true. Breaks actually lead to a more productive workplace.

The “Work First” Mentality

“Break” is often seen as a dirty word or concept. 20 percent of North American employees whink that taking a lunch break will negatively impact their boss’ view of them. 13 percent are even concerned that their coworkers will think less of them. This is about a lunch break, which is something that they are legally obligated to take.

38 percent don’t feel encouraged to take a lunch break and 22 percent of North American bosses said they think taking a lunch break makes them less of a hard worker.

There’s evidence that actually proves the opposite. 90 percent of North American workers think that their lunch break is the only reason they are so productive at the end of the day. Employees shouldn’t only have a 30-minute break, we think that breaks are actually an asset for your employees.

The Length of the Break Doesn’t Always Matter

Breaks are usually seen in 15-minute increments, but we’re talking about “microbreaks.” Microbreaks are even shorter than 14 minutes and can range from 15 seconds to 5 minutes. Breaks like these actually improve mental acuity and sharpness by 13 percent. 

Breaks can be a major benefit for your team and lead to a productive workplace, even though it might seem counterintuitive. You should encourage your team to take breaks when needed so they can keep productive throughout their workday. When your team isn’t breaking, they’ll need the best solutions. For that, MyTek can help, so give us a call at 623-312-2440.

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Tim Tiller, LMSW

 
Tim Tiller, MSW brings a deep service background to his role at Mytek, having graduated from McDonald’s management training program, fresh out of high school, and working his way up through the ranks in the hospitality industry. He has led two prior companies – Multi-Systems Inc., an IT-focused organization providing technology to hospitality companies (where he was named President at age 36), and most recently, as Chief Operating Officer for Jewish Voice Ministries International.

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