Staying glued to your desk, on task, for eight or nine hours causes low productivity. Breaking up the day helps you retain information and be sharper and more on point during work time, when concentration is required. Yet, most of us feel under pressure to work as much as possible. Working late nights and through your lunch break seems like an obvious solution. Yet, research proves all that overtime is actually holding us back.
To combat this "al desko" movement of eating lunch at desks, Workfront gave Londoners an opportunity to take a much-needed break on April 12. Workfront set up space in Spitalfields Market complete with a space to comfortably eat their lunch, relax with a neck massage and unwind with huge adult coloring wall.
While it's absolutely necessary to take regular breaks throughout the day in order to stay at your most productive, you can make more time for breaks by implementing more streamlined processes, which can eliminate the need for status meetings, cut down on email traffic and reduce unnecessary work to give teams time back to be more productive and take a break.
Creating process and visibility can also help every member of your team adequately communicate their productivity. As the UK State of Enterprise Work Report shows, the majority of enterprise workers rate themselves as more productive than anyone else in the company (and leadership comes in dead last). Providing visibility into "what you do around here" can help elevate your standing with your colleagues, and help them rally around you and your projects.
So, give yourself a break. Even if you have to schedule time for it, take it. Your productivity will thank you for it.
To learn the details about how poor management and inefficiency are robbing UK workers of much-needed downtime, download the full "UK State of Enterprise Work Report."
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Heather has enjoyed playing the game of marketing for the past 15 years, at the agency and corporate level, in both B2C and B2B companies. She's run PR campaigns that took her from the MTV Beach House to NASDAQ and many media outlets and content channels in between. She is currently the Corporate Marketing Director at Workfront.Follow on Twitter More Content by Heather Hurst