September 07, 2021

Give it a rest! Why is taking a break at work so important?

 

 

Did you know that over half of adults working in the UK do not take their lunchtime break in full?1 Though we may think we have some great excuses for skipping our breaks, we really couldn’t be more mistaken! In truth, a decent breaktime can do wonders for you and your team in more ways than you’d expect. Don’t believe us? Buckle up, it’s time to find out if taking a proper break is really all it’s cracked up to be (spoiler alert: it definitely is!) …

 

Warning! The workforce is overworked:

So, let’s start with the facts. It may shock you to know that 41% of the global workforce is likely to consider leaving their current employer within the next year.2 With 148% more meetings and 40.6B more emails being sent in February 2021 vs February 2020, it’s easy to see why…2 So with 2 out of 5 of us likely to look around, how do you keep the talented individuals you’ve worked so hard to recruit and reduce staff turnover?

 

1. Time to relax and reset:

A whopping 79% of British adults in employment regularly experience work-related stress.3 That’s an awful lot of us, so how do we help? The simple act of taking your full lunchbreak or stopping by the office coffee machine for five minutes can help reset your mood and aid relaxation.4 It’s time to place your team’s wellbeing centre stage and put breaktimes back on the agenda!

 

2. Boost productivity:

But surely taking a break means less time spent working? That may be true, but when it comes to work quality certainly trumps quantity. In fact, those who take regular breaks are more productive than their lunch-skipping colleagues.5 Consider that myth busted! Coffee break, anyone?

 

3. Get creative:

Are you finding your creative juices just aren’t flowing? It’s time for a break! By taking the time to recharge your batteries, it gives your brain a chance to develop your creative ideas and think of new solutions to problems.6 So head on over to the hot drinks machine, that coffee won’t make itself!

 

4. Create team comradery:

Taking a coffee break doesn’t just help you, but your wider team too! Having a well-deserved break with your colleagues or catching up by the hot drinks machine is an important part of developing workplace friendships.7 And with employees who have a best friend at work being more engaged and satisfied with their job among other benefits, what’s not to love?8

 

Convinced yet? We thought so! At Lavazza Professional we believe everyone deserves a decent breaktime. Get in touch today to find out how to create the best breaktimes for your team with the perfect hot drinks machines.



1 https://www.totaljobs.com/advice/more-uk-workers-are-skipping-lunch-and-paying-the-price 2 https://www.forbes.com/sites/brucerogers/2021/03/22/get-ready-for-more-workplace-disruption/?sh=31cb69337bff 3 https://www.perkbox.com/uk/resources/library/2020-workplace-stress-survey 4 https://thewellbeingthesis.org.uk/foundations-for-success/importance-of-taking-breaks-and-having-other-interests/ 5 https://www.work-fit.com/blog/how-effective-breaks-at-work-increase-productivity 6 http://elitebusinessmagazine.co.uk/people/item/why-taking-brain-breaks-is-important-for-creativity 7 https://www.ontrackinternational.com/anyone-for-coffee/ 8 https://www.careeraddict.com/best-friend-work

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