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  • Shambhavi Pathak

Why is it important to take breaks between long hours of work

Updated: Jun 20, 2019

So we know that it is scientifically proven that taking breaks between work helps regain your sharpness, motivation, and focus. Then why do we not give enough importance to taking breaks?

With the emergence of start-up culture in India, taking breaks in between work is all in trend but it is still not happening at the majority of workplaces. The reasons being many- hectic schedule, deadlines, too much pressure, guilt. But the main reason is- unawareness of the necessity of the breaks between work. In this article, I’ll tell you why you MUST take breaks in between work and encourage people around you to do the same.

So now instead of citing some scientific study to prove my authenticity, I’ll tell you my real life experience. So I am the Managing Director of a Dance Studio. I have two people working under me. Now you could point out that 2 are less people as compared to most big or medium size offices, to which I’ll tell you that if you can honestly tell me that you are able to manage even one single person under you in a way that they stay 80% productive and happy at the same time, I’ll tell you that you don’t need to read this article To all those who are still here, let me tell you that human being function the same regardless of where they are from and what caste, creed, gender race they belong to. Besides it is not about managing 1 person or 1000 people. It’s about putting in a system that does your work for you. And the most office does not have that system.

In my office, though things are quite different. Our number one priority is keeping the employees happy.

Our biggest key to keeping our employees and ourselves stress-free is commutation. We are hyper-aware of each other and understand when we need a little pick-me-up.

And accordingly, we act to make sure that that person is not feeling stressed anymore. The act could vary from solving the problem, lending a helping hand, or simply listening to their problems to make them feel better.

This method has been very fruitful to us so far. We have had issues where the norm dictates that things shouldn’t work out. But we made it happen. We had a successful run for the last 1 year and we plan on keeping it up.

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