Take Five: Microbreaks For Your Mind


In 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO) recognized burnout from unmanaged work-related stress as an “occupational phenomenon.”  

Enter COVID-19 and the WFH era.

With the shift to remote work some employers wrongly believed their workers were taking more time for themselves from home. However, in reality, employees report feeling the need to prove their productivity with overperformance - further blurring the lines between personal and professional. 

So, while organizations may be benefiting from extra efficiency, employers must consider the well-being of their workers by setting limits and encouraging them to take microbreaks throughout their workday.   

What are microbreaks?

Microbreaks are typically short breaks of 5-10 minutes that help break up routine or monotonous tasks. Contrary to past belief, these short stints of time can lead to better mental clarity and an increased quality of work. 

Who can benefit from a microbreak?

Everyone! Workers who perform repetitive tasks tend to fall into a trance after prolonged periods and “creatives” often just need to take a step back to find their inspiration. 

When should you take a microbreak?

If you’re feeling drained or stuck, it’s probably best to take a few minutes to reboot by doing an activity you enjoy. 

How should you spend your break?

Breaks should focus on an activity unrelated to work. As reported by CNN Health, “watching a short video clip was linked to better recovery and performance.” 

With a library of over 1800+ bite-sized videos, TONE Networks is THE microbreak solution for female employees. Not only do our expert-led videos foster employee personal and professional growth, our platform shares valuable behavioral insights with employers. 

For your next microbreak…

Tune in to hear from Psychiatrist and Mental Health Expert Dr. Gail Saltz to learn how to avoid burnout and the importance of setting limits and taking breaks.


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