Document Detail

Frequent short rest breaks from computer work: effects on productivity and well-being at two field sites.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  8995049     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Computer operators at two work sites (n = 73, n = 19) were prompted to take three 30-s and one 3-min break from computer work each hour in addition to conventional rest breaks. Some operators were asked to perform stretching exercises during the short breaks. Mood state and musculoskeletal discomfort were assessed at each work site over a 2- or 3-week baseline period and a 4- or 6-week treatment period, respectively. Operator productivity measures were obtained from company records. Operators complied with about half of the added breaks but favoured 3-min breaks over 30-s breaks. No improvement in productivity or well-being was found at the larger work site. At the smaller work site, productivity, eye, leg and foot comfort all improved when the short breaks included stretching exercises. These results provide evidence that frequent short breaks from continuous computer-mediated work can benefit worker productivity and well-being when the breaks integrate with task demands.
R A Henning; P Jacques; G V Kissel; A B Sullivan; S M Alteras-Webb
Related Documents :
7067509 - Physical training fails to improve ventilatory muscle endurance in patients with chroni...
6621319 - Responses to submaximal and maximal arm cycling above, at, and below heart level.
24403689 - The effect of parkinson drug timing on cardiovascular response during treadmill exercis...
19346669 - The effect of external cuff pressure on initial exercise hyperpnea.
23796459 - Three non-ambulatory adults with multiple disabilities exercise foot-leg movements thro...
23738289 - Insertional tendinopathy of the adductors and rectus abdominis in athletes: a review.
24793899 - Left ventricular torsion during exercise in patients with and without ischemic response...
19693299 - Heart-rate recovery index is impaired in behçet's disease.
22303589 - Net energy expenditure of gravity-independent high-speed resistive exercise done by women.
Publication Detail:
Type:  Clinical Trial; Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Ergonomics     Volume:  40     ISSN:  0014-0139     ISO Abbreviation:  Ergonomics     Publication Date:  1997 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1997-02-05     Completed Date:  1997-02-05     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0373220     Medline TA:  Ergonomics     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  78-91     Citation Subset:  IM; S    
Department of Psychology, University of Connecticut, Storrs 06269-1020, USA.
Export Citation:
APA/MLA Format     Download EndNote     Download BibTex
MeSH Terms
Middle Aged
Occupational Health*
Task Performance and Analysis*

From MEDLINE®/PubMed®, a database of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Previous Document:  The perception of spatial layout in real and virtual worlds.
Next Document:  Prebiotic synthesis of diaminopyrimidine and thiocytosine.