What do taking a walk around the block, chatting with co-workers, or watching a short YouTube video have in common? They’re all great ways to boost productivity. In fact, research shows that “all work and no play” actually diminishes quality of work.
So before your employees reach the absolute bottom of their mental barrel, encourage them to get back on track with a quick break. One of the easiest ways to get back on track is to move around a bit. The increased blood flow leads to a burst of hyper oxygenation in the brain, which increases energy as well as attentiveness. Something as short as a five minute walk can clear the mind and increase focus for the rest of the afternoon.
As you walk through the office, you may overhear comments like, “Did you see that crazy cat video?” or “Can you believe what Lady Gaga was wearing?” Don’t just assume your employees are wasting time; they’re actually improving productivity. Web browsing can be refreshing for employees, so allowing them to take intermittent breaks from tasks to surf the Web and visit their favorite sites gives them the mental break they need to recharge and get back to work.
Studies show that good co-worker relationships directly correlate to increased productivity and efficiency with less office tension. So stopping for a few minutes to engage in small talk can help employees keep a good perspective. And it seems like common sense that co-workers that get to know each other, and are able to enjoy being around each other, may translate to a boost in overall productivity.
So whether it’s spending a few minutes catching up around the water cooler, taking a quick walk around the block, or spending 10 minutes in the middle of the day to laugh a bit and recharge, remember that breaks are good for the brain, moral, and general efficiency.