Recently an advertising campaign stated, “Find out how a good break can improve your company”. We couldn’t agree more. Do take a Break!

All our work is developed to ensure you keep your team at top performance and peak shape. Performetric by evaluating the fatigue levels prevents burnout, prevents high levels of absenteeism, and promotes performance and lower stress levels.

Did you know that if you take a break at the right moment you can actually prevent mental fatigue for much longer periods of time?

It isn’t that “productivity science seems like an organized conspiracy to justify laziness” like the atlantic states in their article “A Formula for Perfect Productivity: Work for 52 Minutes, Break for 17” we believe that the break length and frequency can’t be structured in a “one size fits all” even if calculated from the top 10% habits. We totally agree that when they take a break the duration should be “spent away from the computer, said Julia Gifford at The Muse, by talking a walk, doing exercises, or talking to coworkers”.

In Japan, “corporations, realizing that more exercise could possibly make their employees healthier and more productive, began to schedule exercise programmes during work hours”with a discipline know to these very dedicated and disciplined workers. They can take a break when they need and are encouraged to nap.

Take a Break

But, anyone who tried it has found the difference after taking a short break and, instead of browsing their social feeds, hiding in the bathroom for a nice stretch. Well it is kind of limited to the stool size… none the less even the recommended neck and pack (discreet) stretching exercises can have a huge impact difference. Lifehack does have some nice suggestions. Some would be really nice to do in the office but the people around would find it strange and some comments would be sure to arise. A few of them can actually be done discreetly and still relieve muscle stiffness such as:

  • The wrist stretch - place your wrists on the desk so they face away from you, and apply pressure until you feel the stretch (easier if you stand);
  • Stress Ball Squeeze – Hold it for 30” at a time and then release or feel free to pump the stress out of it. You’ll move hands and forearms improving circulation, strength and mobility|;
  • Eagle arm twist – “Stay seated and extend your arms in front of you at shoulder level. Cross your right arm over your left, raise your forearms and twist your palms inwards. Hold, and then repeat with your left arm over your right.”;
  • Spinal twist – Really nice to say hi to the college behind you, “Keeping seated with your knees in line with one another, place your left hand on your right knee and twist your entire upper body to the right, looking behind your shoulder. Hold, then twist back and repeat on the other side”. This will keep your spine flexible.

Then, after a nice stretch, get up and walk around, have a nice break.