Well at Work
Women Less Likely to Take Breaks at Work
A recent article in Forbes explored research by McKinsey & Company that found that women are more likely to burn out and less likely to climb the corporate ladder than men. One reason cited in the article is women's tendency to take fewer breaks.
The article referenced the Captivate Network's finding that men are 25 percent more likely to take personal breaks at work. This includes being seven percent more likely to walk, five percent more likely to eat lunch, and 35 percent more likely to take breaks to relax.
Athletes' Performance Director of Nutrition and Research Amanda Carlson-Phillips suggests the following strategies to help women balance their day.
- Plan lunch once a week with a co-worker or friends to make sure you get out of the office for a bit.
- Pack your purse with your favorite energy bar, a water bottle, and other snacks to make sure you have something to eat during the day.
- Find 10 minutes a day to clear your mind, even if you just grab a drink from the cafeteria, make tea, or get a snack.
- Drink water instead of soda to help you stay focused.
- At the end of the day, go to a yoga class or the gym to de-stress from your work day.
For more ways to improve your work/life balance, visit CorePerformance.com/work.
About The Author
Tia Albright – Tia Albright is Associate Editor of CorePerformance.com. She joined Athletes' Performance in 2009 from The Knot.