Encouraging employees to be less sedentary is good for their health and good for productivity! A BBC article and British Heart Foundation campaign supports this theory.
The Worklife Company has also conducted research to show the increase in productivity of up to 31% as a result of a 20 minute change of scenery and a break. Depending on when and where that break is, also counts towards creative as well as problem solving improvement. Here are five tips to ensure that a break is good for your health!
- Get away from your desk for 15 minutes every 90 minutes. The brain downloads from short term to long-term memory on a regular basis and having a proper break allows the brain to do just that with better effect.
- How about a walking meeting? Encourage all of your team to get outside and walk whilst meeting. This is a perfect way to get fresh air, be efficient with meeting discussions and get through the agenda before getting back to your desk.
- How about lunch breaks? Focusing on movement and good nutrition and hydration with a short walk outside all make for a more productive afternoon.
- How about studying your body-clock and circadian rhythms to assess when you are better at different tasks? For example, did you know that you will take 28% longer to complete email first thing in the morning than you would just before lunchtime?
- Try a FIKA networking break? Invite other departments or teams to visit your team once a week to share what they do and improve networking and engagement
- Heads up time is just as important as heads down! When in your week do you lay the smartphone down, switch the email off and just have face to face time with your colleagues
- Nutrition – did you know that too many sugars (carbohydrates) and stimulants like coffee and fizzy drinks are in fact reducing your creativity and increasing your stress? How about having a creativity afternoon where the team gets to focus on its wellbeing?
- Quiet areas – it is important in our open plan workplaces to set aside quiet areas for people to think, concentrate and work without interruption. We are interrupted around once every 3 minutes at work. Working from home often affords us this luxury of quiet concentration, but for those that prefer to work in the office, quiet space is essential for productivity.
- Play to your strengths and delegate/influence others to do what you cannot. When we play to our strengths, we are up to 31% more productive, engaged and motivated. With all that extra time, take a break to be more creative, or use the time to mentor less experienced colleagues
- Time log – keep a log of how you are spending your time. Then calculate that time that is adding value and that time that is not. During the following month, seek to reduce non-value-time by at least 50%. Then use the other 50% for all the other tips above!
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