Break and stress breaks: Relaxation is neglected


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Less is more - this motto is primarily intended to be given to German employees, many of whom do not take their legally required 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 kursfinder.de among employees from various industries.

The survey was carried out via an online questionnaire. 80 percent of those questioned stated that they worked between six and nine hours a day, almost all of them worked on-site in the 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

However, it is not enough to recover. Around 80 percent of those questioned feel “sometimes”, “rarely” or “actually not” recovered after the break. Above all, there is one reason for this: The interruption of working hours is not perceived as relaxing, it does not help many to replenish the energy storage for the second half-time at work.

But it can be even more violent: Almost a quarter of employees do not take their lunch break at all. The workload is cited as the main reason for this. Breaks and rest periods are required by law - even if many employers would like to do so.

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 more likely that a break on the working day is not enough for many. After all, almost every second respondent expressed the wish for a second break. For almost half, however, there is only one break, namely the lunch break, even if a majority of the employees (90 percent) give breaks the grade “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. Working yourself to death for the company doesn't do anything today: I can only be annoyed that I didn't accept a rather lucrative job offer back then for loyal reasons to my company - now I'm supposed to be fired.

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