Small businesses usually work with a limited workforce, which means almost everyone is handling more tasks than they can manage in a day. What this also means is that the business owner is doing more than the rest of his team. What does this all boil down to? Everyone is working double-time every single day they spend at work, sapping their energy even before the day ends, and giving them no time to rest and relax.
According to a recent report by the World Health Organization (WHO), there were approximately 745,000 deaths in 2016 from ischemic heart disease and stroke, which were linked to working long hours. Further studies reveal that spending long hours at work increases your risk for developing life-threatening diseases, including cardiovascular disease.
If there is but one reason to take a break from work, it’s this latest report from WHO. But if you need other reasons, here are a few more:
1. Rest helps keep your mind sharp and alert
The last thing you want is to bungle an important task at work, but if you keep working long hours and fail to take a break, this wouldn’t be far from happening. When you’re physically and mentally exhausted, you are unable to focus on what you need to accomplish, which means you can easily neglect to do an important task or forget an important detail, both of which could cause the company to lose a customer or potential business.
2. You become happier
What’s the point of working if you can’t enjoy the fruits of your labor? If you keep spending more hours at work than doing other things that you love, you are potentially stealing your own joy. When you take a break from work to do other things that give you joy, you are essentially giving yourself room to be happier.
3. You have time to nurture relationships
Whether it’s a romantic relationship with your partner, relationship with your kids, or just all your relationships in general, nurturing each one of them is important if you want to keep them. Unfortunately, relationships are usually the first to suffer the consequences of working long hours. A break from work or at least not extending beyond normal working hours is essential to maintaining your relationships.
Give yourself a break; outsource some of your tasks
Call answering service, data delivery, order entry, and dispatch are only some of the professional services you can outsource to help your organization cope with their day-to-day tasks. Easing their workload is one way to ensure they aren’t overworked and can spend time doing leisurely activities.