Online breaks have often been frowned upon and looked at as one of the major time wasters at work. However, according to a recent study conducted by the University of Cincinnati taking timed online breaks actually help in increasing productivity.
In extensive one- on- one interviews conducted on people from a variety of industries for this research, it was noticed that employees who spent extended hours at their work station or spent a lot of time working on the computer did not find online breaks as rejuvenating as their other counterparts.
The employees who had more face-to-face interactions through the day or experienced a higher degree of physical activity found online breaks a great way to decompress. The research also indicated that organizational attitude towards personal use of computers also impacted how online breaks were perceived. Personal values also factored in when taking online breaks. People born in the pre-internet period saw online breaks as wasteful. Despite these facts, the study revealed that taking online breaks helped employees with momentary recovery, learning and satisfaction. Taking online breaks thus seem like the perfect way to balance work and personal interests without spending much time away from the desk. However, the employee has to keep track the amount of time he is spending on personal activities and ensure that it does not interfere with the work timelines and the productivity meter does not dip – being mindful is the key.