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Why should you take breaks at work?

When you were hired for your job in Missouri, chances are your employer informed you of how often you would be allowed to take breaks. While it may be tempting at times to continue and work throughout designated break periods, this time is imperative to your safety, wellbeing and productivity at your job. If your employer does not provide adequate breaks, you may consider voicing your concerns because breaks are a necessary part of being a productive worker. 

By law, it is required that you take breaks while you are at work. The amount of time you are given may vary depending on whether or not you work full-time and how many other people there are within your shift that needs a break. 

According to Chron, taking breaks between your tasks at work can help to reduce the stress that is inherently a part of your job. This is especially important if you are required to perform continual tasks over and over again throughout your workday. Taking a break is also an excellent way to increase your job productivity as you can reenergize every so often. If there are risks at your job that may affect your physical health, taking breaks can prevent you from falling victim to ailments that may have been preventable. For your employer to be compliant with the law, they have to enforce breaks. Thus, if you are given the option to take a break, enjoy your quiet moment to grab a snack, take a walk or return a phone call. 

The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice.  

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