Doctor Advises America To End Standard Work Breaks

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Could ending standard American work breaks be advantageous to the financial bottom line of companies across the country? New book by Wendell C. Taylor, Ph. D. and Karen L. Pepkin, MA, addresses this controversial issue.

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When you consider that for every dollar that a company spends on health and wellness, they get an average rate of return from $3.00-$8.00 in reduction of employee health care costs, it just makes sense to come up with a program that incorporates health...

According to authors, Taylor and Pepkin typical American work break practices benefit neither employee nor employer. The standard work break undermines productivity and increases health care costs. “We will never forget as we drove by one of the largest cancer hospitals in the world and saw staff smoking outside of the hospital. This made us think about how break times were embedded in our culture with smoking and other health compromising practices accepted as norm.” says Taylor. According to a recent study, 70% of all U.S. illnesses are preventable, and by reducing risk factors, productivity increases by 9%. The American Journal of Health Promotion notes that half the costs created by sick employees was due to poor life style habits such as smoking, inactivity, and obesity resulting in a 13 billion dollar annual loss to companies.

After extensive research, Taylor and Pepkin realized that American work break practices needed to be overhauled. Taylor wrote a scientific paper published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine that proposed an entire new approach to work breaks. These ideas resonated with the scientific community and the popular press. This innovative concept proposes health promoting breaks that would have far reaching effects. Not only would the companies’ bottom line improve, but overall employee health as well. To enable companies to adopt this new approach, Taylor and Pepkin wrote Booster Breaks: Improving Employee Health One Break at a Time. Booster Breaks are not your standard health and wellness program. Employees are not expected to spend time at a gym and employers are not required to buy equipment or add a staff of personal trainers. The Booster Break program is a simple, easy-to-implement approach that requires 15 minutes of light physical movement, meditation, and/or rhythmic breathing in work clothes during the work day.

Companies that have implemented the Booster Break program enjoy a variety of activities such as stretching and toning. In addition the program focuses on meditation and relaxation techniques. Booster Break instructions skillfully combine mind, body, and strength building activities, not just brief fitness routines.

“”With health care costs spiraling upward, and productivity, creativity, and morale plummeting (thanks to sedentary lifestyles), it’s a gift to have a powerful solution through such a simple natural means… I wholeheartedly recommend this book as a requirement for any corporation that desires increased productivity and profitability coupled with reduced health care costs,” says Salvatore Fichera, MEd, author of Stop Aging, Start Training.

“When you consider that for every dollar that a company spends on health and wellness, they get an average rate of return from $3.00-$8.00 in reduction of employee health care costs, it just makes sense to come up with a program that incorporates health and wellness. Booster Breaks do that effectively,” says Taylor, “This is a very sound program that can be implemented immediately with minimal costs.”

According to Taylor and Pepkin, the effects of the standard American work break have created a crisis that can be reversed one break at a time. They believe that any company that implements their Booster Break program on a consistent basis can see results in stress reduction, improved morale, and enhanced health and well being. Additionally, potential benefits include lower health care costs, decreased sick time, and increased productivity.

Booster Breaks: Improving Employee Health One Break at a Time is available at Amazon.com. Also, for more information visit their website at http://www.BoosterBreaksBook.com.

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