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'e-breaks' make workers more productive.

BANNING workers from using the internet for personal use could actually be hitting productivity because staff need a break to help reduce stress, according to a new report.

A study of 1,700 employees by computer games firm PopCap Games showed that people felt refreshed if they had an "e-break" during the working day.

Most of those questioned said they would rather spend some free time surfing the internet to unwind rather than having a cigarette or tea break.

The report said that taking five minutes off to make a cup of tea was accepted, but using social websites was frowned upon.

Dr Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic of London's Goldsmiths University, who helped with the research, said: "Tea breaks and fag breaks have long been the most common types of break within office culture but the report shows that e-breaks are fast becoming the most popular choice of break."
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:May 29, 2008
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