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New Trend for Employees Taking Regular, Short Breaks from Work Boosts Performance

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A new trend for workers to take regular breaks throughout the working day has been identified – but, according to new research, it’s not all bad news for employers and business owners.

A survey of 1,000 British adults published by ElectricTobacconist.co.uk as part of the Take a Break Report 2017 revealed that almost 1 in 2 workers (49%) take short breaks from their work as often as every 2 hours, and 15% do so once per hour – but many in fact find that this has a direct impact on their work performance.

More than 1 in 3 (36%) believe that this time actually boosts their productivity and energy levels.

And more than a quarter (27%) have experienced a moment of inspiration during their downtime which has led them to resolve or solve a problem or challenge related to their work.

And almost 1 in 4 (23%) have discovered some news or information during these kind of breaks which has been beneficial for their work.

However, few bosses seem to be recognising these benefits, as just 14% of employers feel that workers taking regular short breaks is a positive thing.

Pascal Culverhouse, founder and CEO at ElectricTobacconist.co.uk, said:

“This trend for workers to take more frequent breaks from work can understandably sound a little concerning for business owners if this is not governed. However this research clearly shows that – if employers make it clear when and for how long they are happy to authorise workers taking these kinds of breaks – it can actually have a positive impact on workers’ professional performance.

“Mini breaks are a great way to rebalance, refocus and recharge so that concentration and energy levels don’t waiver. Even just a couple of short breaks each day could make a huge difference to maximising workers’ outputs, and ensuring they are making the most of each day.”

It is 25-34-year-old workers who take the most frequent breaks with 1 in 10 (9%) doing so twice per hour.

The group following closely behind is those aged 18 – 24, with 21% of this group taking breaks once per hour.

However, it’s not only the youngest workers leading this trend – more than 1 in 3 employees aged 55 – 64 years old admitted to taking a break from work every 2 hours.

ElectricTobacconist.co.uk is a UK based online vape shop. Launched in July 2013, the website sells all of the major e-cigarette and e-liquid brands at the best prices, with over 50 brands in the range.

To view the UK Take a Break Report 2017 and for more information on this research, please visit here

For more information about ElectricTobacconist.co.uk visit the website.

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