It’s Time To Give Your Employees A Break
How many breaks do you take in a day? It’s nice to put down your work and take a breather, right? Breaks are good for everyone – even your employees.
It may seem counterintuitive, but if you let your employees take a few more breaks during the day, you may see your company thrive in ways you’ve never imagined.
Breaks can come in many different forms. You can take a lunch break, a coffee break, a restroom break, or even a full-on vacation. Breaks can be unpaid or paid depending on the laws in your state. It’s amazing what a few minutes away from the desk or not in front of clients can actually do for an employee.
The benefits of breaks are outstanding. Let’s take a quick look at why everyone deserves a break during the work day. Breaks can:
- Boost productivity
- Allow the brain to recharge
- Sharpen our focus
- Reduce stress
- Eliminate boredom
- Improve brain function
- Boost employee morale
- Allow time to process and retain information
- Prevents burnout
Exhausting our brain power isn’t good for anyone. Breaks are a much needed refresh for our mental and physical well being. They let us relax, refocus, and refresh. Plus, often our best ideas come when we are relaxed.
Don’t stop reading yet. There’s more to breaks than what you just read. Did you also know that it may be illegal to not give your employees breaks?
According to the Federal government’s Fair Labor Standards Act, breaks are not mandated throughout the workday. By federal law, you never have to let your employees take breaks. But state law is different. Depending on what state you operate in, breaks may be required by law in your workplace.
Every state is different, but in many states it is required to pay your workers during their breaks unless no work is involved during the break or the break is over 30 minutes. It’s a smart decision to give your employees the breaks they deserve.
What it comes down to is that you need to give your employees breaks during the day. The benefits of breaks are obvious and it’s in your company’s best interest to allow your employees a few minutes to hit the refresh button during the day.
A few breaks here and there can ultimately boost your bottom line, keep your employees happy, and help your company thrive. Now that you’ve read this, take a break and let that sink in.