Want to increase productivity at your company? Encourage your employees to take breaks.
In fact, according to a study from Staples, 85% of employees think taking regular breaks throughout the day would make them more productive. What’s more is that 59% of those surveyed said more breaks would improve their work happiness and 43% said it would boost their personal happiness. Additionally, 37% said regular breaks during the day would improve their health.
However, many employees don’t take breaks out of a sense of guilt, despite working longer hours. As a result, they wind up feeling more burnt out and less productive. And job-related stress is on the rise, costing companies hundreds of billions of dollars each year.
“It’s important that employees understand the value of taking a quality break,” said Tom Heisroth, Senior Vice President, Commercial and Enterprise Sales, Staples Advantage. “Disconnecting can increase their happiness, health and productivity. This survey indicates employers are encouraging employees to take a break, but they need to back that up by providing a well-stocked breakroom that encourages employees to step away and not feel tied to their work.”
To boost your business’s productivity – and encourage your employees to step away from their desks – consider these tips from Staples:
• Feed employees. Offer healthy snack options, such as fruit and granola bars, that employees can nosh on when they need an energy boost.
• Offer a comfortable place to rest. Create an employee break room with comfortable furniture where employees can relax and unwind with their snacks and socialize with co-workers.
• Encourage employees to disconnect completely. Thinking about work projects won’t let employees mentally recharge. So encourage them to leave their laptops and smart phones at their desks while taking a break so they won’t be tempted to check their email.
• Embrace breaks in your workplace culture. Reduce any guilt an employee might feel about taking a break by maintaining a break-encouraging culture. Don’t allow employees or managers to shame coworkers and direct reports into skipping breaks.
So while it may seem counterintuitive, encouraging breaks can actually help your staff be more productive and happier. And the happier they are, the harder they’ll work.
If you need more ideas on how to boost productivity at your company, contact Provisional. As one of the leading staffing agencies in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, we can help you create a staffing strategy and hire the right people to help you boost your bottom line.
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