Everyone is busy. But if your organization has stepped into a routine of being too busy to break, you could potentially break your attempt at increasing productivity. Taking short breaks regularly throughout the workday not only helps employees to feel more focused, but can also decrease stress, improve engagement and ultimately increase productivity. Here are four productive ways to take a break:
1. Engage in a few minutes of light exercise. Whether it’s taking a five-minute walk around the office or standing up and doing a couple sets of 30-second calf raises, when employees get their blood pumping, it can instantly increase energy and attentiveness.
2. Rest your mind with meditation. One of the most powerful ways to relax in a short amount of time is through meditation. Meditating is known to lower stress levels and improve overall health as well as creativity. Even just five minutes of tranquility a day could give employees the peace of mind they crave.
3. Prepare and enjoy an undistracted healthy snack. Breaking from work while eating seems like a no-brainer, but undistracted eating can commonly take a back seat to a busy day. Encourage employees to head to the break room or café to eat. Concentrating on food (instead of work) while eating will benefit both body and mind.
4. Engage is some friendly competition. Here at Tribe, we love to retreat to our newly established game room for a quick break. We’ve found that rewarding completed tasks with a game of basketball or putt putt is a great motivator. Incorporating games with a little competition or teamwork is also a great way to encourage collaboration and team building. Check out Tribe’s game room in action here.
Finding productivity through taking breaks is all about balance. If employees think they’ll be reprimanding for “not working,” they’re less likely to take the breaks they need. It all starts with creating a culture conducive to breaking.
Need help communicating the importance of balance? Tribe would love to help.