The study followed 95 employees over the course of five days, analyzing a total of 959 study breaks over that period. As it turns out, traditional wisdom regarding workday breaks doesn’t hold up against empirical scrutiny.
Here’s a quick summary of the findings:
Mid-morning breaks are more replenishing than afternoon breaks.
No evidence that non-work-related activities are better.
“Preferred” activites are more replenishing than “non-preferred” activities — even if those preferred activities are related to work.
Frequent short breaks are more replenishing than fewer long breaks.