Break times Distress and relaxation in German companies: Erhohlung comes too short

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Less is more - this slogan is intended to help German employees, of whom, according to a recent study, half of them do without their legally enforced break.

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A quarter let the break whiz

Break time is recovery time. But what if the break in the break is too short? Many employees in Germany do not feel well after their lunch break. This was the result of a survey of the online portal among employees from various industries.

The survey was conducted in the period from January to March 2018 via online questionnaire. 80 percent of respondents say they work between six and nine hours a day, and almost all work locally Company.

79 percent find pause time sufficient

It is no wonder that the break is not recommended as relaxing: Employees in the Federal Republic usually spend half an hour to an hour on a working day of between six and nine hours.

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The duration of the break is considered sufficient by the majority of respondents (79 percent).

Insufficient for recovery

Nevertheless, it is not enough to recover. Around 80 percent of respondents feel "sometimes", "rarely" or "not really" recovered after the break. This has one main reason: The interruption of working time is not perceived as relaxing, it does not help many to replenish the energy storage for the second half-time.

However, it is even more violent: almost a quarter of the employees do without the lunch break. The workload is cited as the main reason. Here are breaks and rest periods required by law - even if many employers would like to notice.

Do breaks bring recovery?

Surprising: Nearly two-thirds of the respondents are non-executive employees, one quarter belong to the middle management, and only six percent are managers.

Is it due to the break design, why many people do not consider the interruption of working hours as relaxing? Hardly likely. After all, most of the activities involved in the lunch break play a role in helping to recharge your batteries:

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Typical break activities

Eating (31 percent), maintaining social contacts through conversations with colleagues (28 percent), and exercise by taking walks in the fresh air (23 percent). Activities which, on the other hand, are regarded as having little restorative activity, such as private errands, make surfing the Internet are barely executed by respondents.

It is closer that many a break on the working day is not enough. Finally, almost every second respondent expresses the desire for a second break. For almost half, however, there is only one break, namely the lunch break, even though a majority of employees (90 percent) give breaks the predicate "important" to "very important".

Pay attention to signals of the body

Finally, the body sends a signal when it needs a break. The most common indicator for 40 percent of respondents is the decreasing ability to concentrate. Nearly one in three (31 percent) feels the need for a break because they feel hungry or thirsty. The third most common indication of the need for a puff is oncoming fatigue.

But then to take a break is anything but easy. Only 44 percent of workers can decide for themselves when to take a break. The remaining 56 percent are linked to time windows, production processes or the employer.

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  1. Thorsten J.

    Unfortunately, relaxation is too short in many companies!

  2. Peter Rosary

    People, take a break. Breaking work for the company brings nothing more today: I can only be annoyed that I did not accept a rather lucrative job offer for loyal reasons towards my company - now I am to be dismissed.

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