Matt Shipman

Taking Microbreaks at Work is Actually a Good Thing

By January 7, 2022

Research shows people are more likely to take “microbreaks” at work on days when they’re tired—but that’s not a bad thing. Microbreaks seem to help tired employees bounce back from their morning fatigue and engage with their work better over the course of the day, the researchers found. Microbreaks are short, voluntary, and impromptu respites in the workday. Microbreaks include discretionary activities such as having a snack, chatting with a colleague, stretching, or working on a crossword puzzle. “A microbreak is, by definition, short,” says Sophia Cho, co-author of a paper on the work and an assistant professor of psychology…