You are in the middle of your work morning when you find yourself looking at Twitter on your phone to see what’s trending. Typically, this may get you into a little trouble if your boss were to see you being what they perceive as counterproductive.
But is it really?
New research suggests that being able to take short breaks to text, get on social media, or to check sports scores increases employee morale and doesn’t affect productivity.
How is that possible?
We are social creatures and WANT to be SOCIAL. Technology has allowed us new ways to connect and communicate with people all over the world. We CRAVE communication with others – telling people how we feel about that football score, sharing pictures of our kids, even meeting our soul mates.
I mean, that’s why we buy smartphones afterall, right?
So why not allow your employees to take microbreaks on their phones? In the study, they measured overall time employees spent on their phones during the day when allowed to use them. Total time was 20-25 minutes. Is 20-25 minutes really going to make a huge difference in production? No.
When employees are happy, they tend to work harder, meet more goals, and overall enjoy their jobs more.
So why not let them be happy?