Can this type of break increase productivity?

By Brihony Tulloch on March 20th, 2018
  1. Employee health & wellbeing
  2. Wellbeing Programs

 

Health and wellbeing programs are nothing new to Australia and can be found operating successfully at many workplaces. But some businesses avoid these formal arrangements because of a lack of resources to run them. Let’s be honest, some programs can be very time-consuming to administer.

So, perhaps a more casual approach would better serve your needs, and that of your workers?

A booster break is an organised routine work break intended to improve physical and psychological health, enhance job satisfaction and increase productivity.

A booster break program is generally run by a worker who has been trained to facilitate sessions, usually lasting about 15 minutes, in which other workers perform aerobic or stretching movements at various times throughout the day.

These programs create regular interruption to sedentary behaviour (often referred to as the ‘new smoking’), which improves team engagement and reduces worker stress.

Before implementing booster breaks in your business, consider:

  • how disruptive it will be to otherwise productive periods of work; and
  • whether any workers may feel uncomfortable exercising in front of colleagues.

While the size of your business will dictate what type of health and wellbeing program you implement, in practical terms, budget is one of the most important factors; this will limit the types of programs you can put in place.

So, for the budget-conscious business, there is a plethora of free resources online that you can use to implement booster breaks in your workplace.

For example:

For more information on how to encourage a more healthy environment at your workplace, read the H8 Health and Wellbeing Programs chapter in the Health & Safety Handbook. It’s chock-full of resources from law experts at Holding Redlich to help you navigate health and safety legislation. Contact us today to start your obligation-free trial!

 





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