The Science of Productive Breaks
How to Make Rest Work for ... Work!
Are you afraid that water-cooler talks might threaten your efficiency? Numerous studies show quite the opposite!
Why take breaks?
71% of employees feel breaks have a positive effect on their productivity
32% rank taking a break as one of the most powerful efficiency triggers
29% of office workers say a short rest stimulates their creative thinking
6 Useful Ways to Spend a Break at Work
Charge your brain with a quick snack
79% of workers believe coffee breaks make them more productive
Rock productivity with music!
Music with an upbeat rhythm can reduce stress by as much as 41%
Maroon 5's "Moves Like Jagger" and Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know" were named as the top productivity-boosting songs of 2012
Google for fun
Workers who periodically surf the web for personal purposes for a few minutes showed a 9% increase in productivity
Take a nap to ... stay awake!
Just 10 minutes are enough to reduce sleepiness and to regain concentration
Spark a conversation!
Informal chats with colleagues improve team spirit and boost productivity by 20%
Get away from your desk and move
Regular, short exercise helps 53% of employees to feel more active throughout the day and to be more focused in 42% of the cases
Side-to-side turn of neck
Shoulder and neck stretch
Shoulder stretch, option 2
Regular walks around the office
Wrist stretch, palms up
Wrist stretch, palms down
Back and triceps stretch
Top recommended snacks for brain power
Oatmeal with berries
Dropbox's office comes with a fully equipped music studio.
Google provides dedicated napping rooms for its employees.
What motivates us to take breaks?
39% Encouragement from top management
35% Offering a break during paid time
33% Make it part of a company's culture
25% Participation from a boss or colleagues
How short should short breaks be?
The most productive timing is taking a 6-minute break every 90 minutes
Take breaks seriously
Workers receiving alerts to take breaks are 13% more accurate in their work