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Measurable success – Experience and scientific studies

Various studies have examined the effects of micropauses on work capacity. Some show positive short-term effects, others the positive long-term effects they have on productivity. In addition to our own studies and test reports, further independent scientific studies have confirmed that «regular short breaks reduce discomfort in the upper extremities, eyes and neck.»

A further series of studies shows that: «The effectiveness of the breaks increases with the regularity in which they are taken – it is better to often take short breaks than to take long breaks every now and again. Especially regular micropauses are provably effective.»

  • Hanson, M., Graveling, R., Donnan, P. "Investigation into the Factors associated with Symptoms of ULDs in Keyboard Users", UK Institute of Occupational Medicine, 1996
  • Nicola Green, "Breaks and micropauses – a survey of the literature", Internal Research Document for Niche Software Ltd, 1999
  • Henning, R.A; Sauter, S.L; Salvendy, G. and Krieg, E.F. "Microbreak length, performance, and stress in a data entry task", Ergonomics, 1989
  • Byström, S.E.G; Mathiassen, S.E. and Fransson-Hall, C. "Physiological effects of micropauses in isometric hand grip exercises" European Journal of Applied Physiology, 1991
  • Genaidy, A.M; Delgado, E. and Bustos, T. "Active microbreak effects on musculoskeletal comfort ratings in meatpacking plants", Ergonomics, 1995
  • Swanson, N.G., Sauter, S.L., and Chapman, L.J. "The design of rest breaks for video terminal work: a review of the literature", Advances in Industrial Ergonomics and Safety I: Proceedings of the Industrial Ergonomics and Safety Conference, 1989

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