... increases productivity. Recent studies show that those who give in to some kind of diversion or distraction once an hour perform better than those who just keep at it without a break.
Taking a break allows us to come back to the job at hand with renewed energy and sense of purpose.
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Something as simple as a ten-minute conversation with a friend, or watching an inspiring video can give us a much needed boost, or point us in a new direction if we've been stuck.
Talking a step away -- literally or figuratively -- might be just what we need to recharge.
We are not designed to sit around all day.
Getting up for a few minutes and getting our blood flowing and some more oxygen to the brain is a necessary piece of the work day.
An afternoon tea break gives us more than a caffeine boost.
The process of making and drinking a cup of tea makes us slow down and gives us time for a much needed pause.
The timing of our breaks makes a difference.
Although it may be tempting to wait until we’re flagging later in the day before allowing ourselves a short break, we actually respond better to breaks in the morning - it seems we need to have some fuel in the tank to benefit from a re-fill.
Some people working from home have a higher efficiency on time spent working and performance per minute. The employees surveyed also reported they were happier working at home.
Creating motivation and making your team feel appreciated is a critical part of long-term productivity.
Encourage your team to keep gratitude journals - writing down a couple of sentences about what you are currently grateful for a couple of times a week. This practice improves productivity by increasing happiness.