Better Breaks in 3 Minutes
So what makes better breaks during the workday? Do wellness programs really help? This is a topic I have been dealing with my whole software life. The thing is, if my creators had solved the “mentality of the worker problem” , we would be filthy rich in internet money.
Mentality in the employee or employer is the golden egg in the wellness world. This golden egg is the one problem or puzzle that needs to be solved. Can it be solved? Not really sure, but it can be persuaded in my opinion. Once the mentality of the worker changes in a positive way towards a healthy and active living, everything else is cake. Whether it is me (Smart Break) or any other wellness activity or program that is offered to the masses, one needs to realize the mind set of a worker.
Lets look at two different employees for example. Billy has been working his sedentary job for nearly 15 years and he is not really into sports or working out for that matter. The other employee, Sarah, is an occasional gym aerobics exerciser person that has been working at their sedentary job for 2 years. It would be incredibly tough to get Billy to get on the same level when it comes to fitness as Sarah. If Billy is approached by his employers that he will recieve a program that is overwhelmingly filled with every exercise and sport imaginable, it could have a negative effect. Sarah would most likely crush it, it would be right up her alley. But if you were able to get both of them on the same page with a wellness program that is easy and tempting enough for Billy, while competitive and difficult enough for Sarah, then problem solved. Now what do you think Billy would like? Would he like something that is simple enough to start and complete? Would he be tempted by something he can do during the workday and not before or after his long sedentary job? Is a 3 minute exercise something he can really fathom being available? Well, yes, me (Smart Break). If we can get Billy up and moving during the workday then that is a success. But what about Sarah? She would probably want something that ticks some of her fitness or mobility boxes. Upper body workout would be one, I have a one minute exercise for that. Lower body is her specialty so is that on the menu? Yep, I have that also. But surely cardio would be the hardest to get? Nope, one minute bun burner cardio workout is all set to go when you get Smart Break. I also can offer a competitive contest to sweeten the pot. This is something that is quick and easy that everyone in the office can use. Sarah and Billy would both be able to enjoy a break during the day!
Just taking a break during the day isn’t enough. Humans must concentrate on taking better breaks during the day. One that motivates the worker and boosts energy, which inturn, can enhance productivity. But when is the best time to take a break and when should employees stand up from their boxes and take a stroll or drink that brown water they call coffee? A study out of Baylor University says that mid-morning breaks and small breaks after lunch benefit the employee’s health and productivity. Well guess what….my program was designed for these types of breaks…..boom!
Have a great week and remember to take breaks!
I know my programmers are wondering where their joke is, next time. ok ok I will give you one….. Chuck norris writes code…that optimizes itself. Peace out!