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

Johannes Wendsche, Jürgen Wegge & Andrea Lohmann-Haislah
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...
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