Balancing our work responsibilities along with our personal ones is difficult – which is why many of us rush into work, and toil away until the second we can run out to pick up the kids, cook dinner and focus on whatever else needs our attention.
In this chaos, many Britons don’t even take a lunch break, eating at their desk to save time.
In fact, while the legal requirement for workers who are on the job for six or more hours is a minimal 20-minute lunch break, two thirds of UK workers report that they don’t use this time, according to a source.
The hard truth is that 28% of employees claim that they don’t take a minute off throughout the entire day.
Although the goal is to work more by taking less break, the opposite is true.
“Some 30% of workers said skipping lunch makes them physically ill in the afternoon, 40% said it dampens their productivity and 52% claimed it puts them in a bad mood,” states the Telegraph.
Although it can be hard to convince people on the go to sit down and eat a proper lunch and have a rest, managers can improve employee productivity by creating a microbreak policy.
This is a break that can last anywhere from 30 seconds to five minutes, and can go a long way in helping individuals feel better and work smarter.
Hubspot has found that even a small break can
- “improve mental activity by an average of 13 %.”
- “a 15-second break taken every 10 minutes reduces fatigue by 50%”
- A 5-minute break reduces wrist discomfort, and wrist and forearm pain
- “regular breaks of 1.5 minutes increased worker productivity by 6.45 %”
- “regular breaks of 2 minutes increased productivity by 11.15%”
How can you help your employees take microbreaks?
By changing some of your policies, such as alerting your staff members that they are allowed to surf the web for 5 minutes hourly for their personal needs or pleasure to take their mind off work-related tasks.
Hubspot recommends instructing your employees to take 6 minutes off every 80 minute work shift.
Sound an alarm every hour and 20 minutes, alerting your workers that they must take a mandatory 6 minute break, during which they can eat a snack, talk to a colleague, take a walk around the office, make a personal phone call, etc.