Frequent short rest breaks from computer work: effects on productivity and well-being at two field sites

These results provide evidence that frequent short breaks from continuous computer-mediated work can benefit worker productivity and well-being when the breaks integrate with task demands

ROBERT A. HENNING; PIERRE JACQUES; GEORGE V. KISSEL; ANNE B. SULLIVAN; SABINA M. ALTERAS-WEBB

2002

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  • Frequent short rest breaks from computer work: effects on productivity and well-being at two field sites
  • Mood state and musculoskeletal discomfort were assessed at each work site over a 2- or 3-week baseline period and a 4- or 6- week treatment period, respectively
  • Operator productivity measures were obtained from company records
  • No improvement in productivity or well-being was found at the larger work site
  • At the smaller work site, productivity, eye, leg and foot comfort all improved when the short breaks included stretching exercises. These results provide evidence that frequent short breaks from continuous computer-mediated work can benefit worker productivity and well-being when the breaks integrate with task demands
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