Employees Burning Out From a Lack of Work Breaks

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 06-03-2014 Email

Except for a lunch break, an alarming number of professionals say they literally work non-stop at their desks all day, according to a recent survey from Staples. This, despite the fact that the vast majority of employers say they encourage breaks, and the workers themselves cite a wide range of resulting benefits from recharging (including productivity). So what's stopping them? Well, there's that nagging, guilty feeling that tells them they can't put work down for even one minute. But CIOs and other managers could do a better job by providing break rooms with inviting furnishings and healthy snacks, findings show. "Employers are encouraging employees to take a break," says Tom Heisroth, senior vice president, commercial and enterprise sales, Staples Advantage. "But they need to back that up by providing a well-stocked break room that encourages employees to step away and not feel tied to their work." More than 200 office workers and managers in the U.S. and Canada participated in the research. For more about the survey, click here.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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