Do you take time out during your working day?

Mar 22, 2013 by

Do you take time out during your working day?

How time out in the workplace aids productivity

I was interested to read this news today. As mums juggling work and home life, I suspect we’re all the same in that we never take a break. Are you constantly trying to get it all done? Do you eat at your desk or grab lunch on the run too?

With stress levels continuing to rise, employers are waking up to the advantages of providing a quiet space for their staff to retreat.  It is acknowledged that stress in the workplace means that staff can be absent from work – leading to increased costs related to sick leave, legalities, staff recruitment, temporary staff and at least missed deadlines or general apathy amongst staff.

Is this the same with us who work for ourselves? I’m sure we all simply battle through it, but perhaps it’s time we re-think our working day.

We’ve all experienced that light bulb moment when we’ve walked away from a problem, with the solution popping into our mind when we least expect it?  Very often, literally stepping away from the every day stresses of our lives can lead to calmer, more motivated self.  Here, the UK’s only sole designer of quiet rooms explains how this can help in the work place.

“Time out breaks in the work place are becoming easier, with the growing recognition from employers that providing a quiet space for their staff to retreat to, has great benefits to productivity and staff well being,” explains Helen Sanderson, founder of Quiet Rooms Design.  “The simple act of going into a room that has fewer distractions can allow employees clarity in their thoughts, more creative leaps and enhanced well being. Whether you are working with people, machinery or a computer – short breaks can lead to increased alertness and productivity in the work place. This ‘down-time’ philosophy is used by athletes, no one can give high performance 100% of the time, literally in the same way that whilst rowing a boat the oars are lifted out of the water to a ‘recovery’ position, before being pounded back into the water.”

A quiet room is literally a space where employees can re-coup, in a peaceful less stimulating environment to re-charge their batteries.   The space, if well designed with relaxation and in mind, will allow staff to return as a calmer, more motivated self.    For the employee, offering a quiet space validates the employer’s commitment to their staff, that they add value and that they take seriously the needs of high performing people.   Having this space can be a proactive way of attracting and retaining staff – from all walks of life.  As mindfulness practice is now the number one recommended treatment for stress, this space can be used simply to de-stress or to reflect in prayer or meditation.

“We are all bombarded with noise and stimulation in our places of work, be it from technology, noise, harsh lighting or people,” Helen explains.

Helen Sanderson, with a background in both Interior Design and Interfaith founded Quiet Rooms Design in 2005.  Her career started as a professional artist with an honours degree in fine arts. Exploring the impact of colour and space, both in paintings and sculptural installations, Sanderson discovered an affinity to create emotive spaces. She later moved into the field of interior design developing themes through her various projects.

Do you have a quiet room within your home office environment?

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  1. I really enjoyed reading Helen Sanderson’s comments. I am a very active person & love to be productive but everyday I will take time out for lunch & regular breaks. It really does make you feel much better throughout the course of a day. People are running around like lunatics with their heads exploding with an oveload of info. They need to chill.

    Ben Macloughlin

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