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The impact of supplementary short rest breaks on task performance - A meta-analysis

Within-shift rest breaks are important to prevent an accumulation of impairing short-term effects of strain over working time. In this meta-analysis (k = 11, N = 705), we investigated how supplementary, frequent short rest breaks affect task performance and strain. We found positive effects on quality (g = 0.23) and quantity (g = 0.12) measures of task performance. The mean reduction of working time due to rest breaks was 9.3%. Performance improvements occurred not at costs of higher strain. Thus, our study shows that both employees’ performance and well-being benefits from scheduled within-shift breaks. We found no further effects of potentially moderating variables. Future research should examine the boundary conditions and underlying mechanisms of these effects.

The complete article is published in the journal "sozialpolitik.ch" (2016).

Bibliographic information

J. Wendsche, A. Lohmann-Haislah, J. Wegge:
The impact of supplementary short rest breaks on task performance - A meta-analysis. 
in: sozialpolitik.ch, Volume 2/2016 2016. pages 1-24, Project number: F 2353, DOI: 10.18753/2297-8224-75

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Research Project

Project numberF 2353 StatusCompleted Project Mental health in the working world - determining the current state of scientific evidence

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