Université de Fribourg

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

Wendsche, Johannes ; Lohmann-Haislah, Andrea ; Wegge, Jürgen

In: sozialpolitik.ch, 2016, vol. 2, no. 2, p. Article: 2.3

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...