Researched by Kim, Sooyeol; Cho, Seonghee; & Park, Youngah (2021). Daily micro-breaks in a lens of self-regulating resources: health climate perceived as a contextual moderator via the autonomy of micro-breaks. Journal of Applied Psychology https://doi.org/10.1037/apl0000891.
Written by Robin N. Fatovic MS
Do you feel like a zombie at work?
Psychological researchers have explored the relationship between poor sleep and the number of micro-breaks taken during the workday. Micro-breaks are short, unscheduled breaks at work where people have a drink or snack, read, stretch, or talk to co-workers. In the first study, 100 full-time American workers responded to two surveys per day for 2 weeks. In the second study, 220 full-time workers from South Korea responded to a survey, and then two weeks later, they completed it 3 times a day for 5 days.
Results? Participants who slept poorly took more micro-breaks throughout the day. However, employees who took more breaks and believed their work environment valued their health felt less tired at the end of the day and more engaged throughout the work day. However, people who took more social micro-breaks were more engaged throughout the day, but more tired. Employers, allow micro-breaks to engage workers!
Workers, get enough sleep at night! Recognize the importance of micro-breaks at work. Don’t just take them when you are tired! Take time throughout the day to relax and rejuvenate. Work is important, but so is your functioning!