4 Reasons why having a break at work is important

A Break is important
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Let’s face it, everyone wants to do well at work. Some people take this idea more seriously than others, even going as far as putting work over their own wellbeing. This might happen for involuntary reasons, because of the need to meet specific goals, having an awful schedule, or skipping lunch breaks –No, lunch time is not to catch up on work, Go eat! (By the way, spilling crumbs over your keyboard while multitasking between your sandwich and the next big deal doesn’t count).

A break is a break

Skipping lunch is not only a “bad personal habit”, but it also sets a terrible example for your employees. You should always promote a work-hard culture among your staff, but make sure not to blur the lines between making an extra effort and losing sleep (and health) over work.

Encouraging your team to take small breaks throughout the day and respecting lunch breaks should be on your priority list. This doesn’t mean you’ll have your staff parading around the office distracting everyone else from their tasks. Having a set schedule along with organized leisure activities and spaces available at the office is necessary to achieve your goal successfully.

Promoting “me” time

Having recreational options available will motivate your workforce and help them release some stress, re-charge their energy, and avoid job burnout. Moreover, overworking not only affects workers individually. Such an awful tendency can have a negative impact on your company in general. If you are still a bit reluctant to believe us, here are 5 important reasons why breaks are crucial to make your company a well-oiled machine:

• Productivity:

Some might think that working non-stop translates into higher productivity and better results, but it cannot be further from the truth. An overworked employee does not perform at the same level of a well-rested one. Burnout, exhaustion, stress and lack of food can lead to terrible consequences for anyone under so much pressure. Employees’ efficiency drops along with the quality of their work. Calling in sick becomes more frequent because their health is jeopardized, and focus becomes a foreign concept in this recipe for disaster.

Allowing your workers to ‘take 5’ when they feel overwhelmed can actually boost their productivity. A little break can clear the fog that was keeping them from finding a solution to a problem or lead them to a great new idea. A couple of minutes is a small investment to help your workers regain focus and recharge.

• Mental Well-being:

Stress can have detrimental effects on employees’ health, specially their mental well-being. Being exposed to extreme pressure without any breaks to release tension can lead individuals to develop mood and anxiety disorders, or even minor memory loss. Perhaps, that coworker who everyone finds to be a bit ‘snappy’ is not a bad guy, and he only needs a break and a cup of tea.

Encourage your team to take breaks from stressful situations and teach them how to identify the “good stress” that can help them perform well in the face of a challenge and increase resilience.

• Creativity:

Taking a break from the sea of data you’ve been working on and focusing your attention on something else will not only allow you to catch your breath, but will let your brain relax and get those brain cells flowing. Employees who usually take breaks while working on challenging projects are able to gain fresh perspective on things after just a few minutes away from work.

Besides, developing innovative ideas or solutions when your worker has been looking at the same thing all day, is like doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results: insanity.

• Employee Engagement:

Allowing your staff to have some ‘off-time’ while at work will guarantee that they stay at the top of their game regarding productivity and efficiency. A simple thing like having a break can have a huge positive effect on employee satisfaction and organizational identification. Workers who enjoy these benefits tend to feel more comfortable and endorse a pleasant work environment, making them feel closer to the company and wanting to stay with the team. A happy employee creates long-lasting relationships.

Although employers cannot control what their workers do during their free time, you can control the options and spaces available for them to use during their breaks. Take advantage of this opportunity and help your workforce unwind and win them over, there’s so much you can get out of it.

Grace Cattini
Content Editor & Copywriter