Boost employee efficiency by giving them breaks

Doggedly devoted employees who toil ceaselessly are doing you and your organization a disservice. Help them stay fresh and innovative with these methods for recharging.

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Without breaks, your employees can become broken.

According to a recent study of Staples employees, many of them said they feel guilty about taking breaks at work—other than a lunch break—despite working longer-than-average shifts.

Even with 90 percent of bosses encouraging regular breaks and 86 percent of workers agreeing that they make them more productive, more than a quarter of employees neglect to take them when working more than eight hours in a shift.

Taking short breaks during the workday has been proven to increase individual productivity, loosen the mind up, and make for more creative and relaxed employees.

Why employee breaks make sense

Buffer recently outlined the reasons in an excellent roundup:

So, if we all know the rejuvenating benefits of taking breaks at work, why do 76 percent of workers feel tired most of the week, with 15 percent admitting to falling asleep at work?

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