15 September 2017

UKFast Beer Friday take a break at work

The team celebrating the end of a great week with Beer Friday at UKFast.

When was the last time you took a break today?

I was disappointed to read that more than half of workers in Manchester skip their lunch break completely. Not only that, on average, workers only take 33 minutes for their lunch break.

It’s just not enough! The research, by Workthere, also revealed that office employees eat at their desk four out of five days per week. This not healthy, nor is this productive.

No one can concentrate on the same thing for a whole day – you’d go mad. We all need breaks to switch off for a moment, spend time with teammates and be re-inspired. It’s so important to give your brain the chance to reboot – much the same way that you need to reboot your computer every once in a while to make sure it is running at its best.

A break with friends

We all want to feel like part of a group, that’s why we spend time getting to know people. At UKFast we do our best to help facilitate these relationships with events like UKFest or skiing trips in Switzerland. But, ultimately, these relationships are made in the workplace. They’re built over a coffee and chat, or out for lunch. It’s a fact that workers who socialise during the day are more productive than those who don’t.

Sitting at your desk, it’s hard to make valuable relationships with people from across the business.

For me, I need to take a break to head into the gym. Exercise gives my brain a reboot and means I get to chat with other people whilst improving my wellbeing. It’s an essential part of my routine and a habit I encourage through the UKFast team.

At the end of the day, we all need some time out. Whatever you choose to do with that time, get away from your desk and really make the most of it.

 

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