Tired? Here’s why you should take regular breaks

.
August 18, 2023
Productivity

Since the industrial revolution up to our present-day society, we all have worked 8-hour shifts, day-in and day-out—five days a week!


Frankly, the routine can get quite tiring. That’s why we need to take regular breaks from work—to disconnect, recharge, and come back refreshed.


In this article, we’ll be talking about:

  • Why should we take regular breaks at work?
  • What are the negative effects when we don’t take a break?
  • How to take breaks at work?


Why should we take regular breaks at work?

In the past, working an 8-hour shift used to be an effective approach. It was a humane effort to cut down the hours of strenuous manual labour workers were subjected to on the factory floor.


But in the context of the modern-day, white-collar employees, it’s outdated and ineffective!


A study conducted by the Draugiem Group used a computer application called DeskTime to track the work habits of employees. The app measured how much time people spent on their tasks and compared it to their productivity levels.


From the study, researchers found the employees’ productivity level results intriguing; the typical length of a workday didn’t really matter—it’s how they structured their day that made an impact.


Specifically, the employees who regularly took microbreaks at work were a lot more productive compared to the people who powered through and worked with minimal breaks.


The results of their study aren’t surprising, nor are they new—our focus and energy naturally ebb and flow.


Biologists call this as a part of Chronobiology—a field in Biology that examines the cyclic phenomena in living organisms. The study includes, but are not limited to, comparative anatomy, physiology, genetics, molecular biology, and behaviour.


That’s why we have periods of focus and high energy—an increased level of productivity, followed by a decline, or an ebb.


Now, it is annoying, but that’s the sad reality—we’re not robots.


So here’s a simple workaround to our biological limitations: we should actually take regular breaks at work.

Related Article: Is failure the key to career growth?


The negative effects when we don’t take a break

Before we start about how to take microbreaks at work and what the amazing benefits of having a break at work are, let’s talk about why it’s crucial to take regular breaks.


Now, the list isn’t long but adverse effects have a funny way of impacting our lives later on:


First in the list is decision fatigue.

Decision fatigue refers to the idea that our willpower to make sound decisions deteriorates in quality as we deplete our limited mental resources throughout the day.


As Jonathan Levav, Associate Professor of Business, from Stanford University puts it:

“Decision fatigue helps explain why ordinarily sensible people…can’t resist the dealer’s offer to rustproof their new car.”

The effects of decision fatigue— reduced the ability to make trade-offs, decision avoidance, impulse purchasing, and impaired self-regulation—are subtle in the beginning and later snowball into bigger problems.


Roy Baumeister and Kathleen Vohs, co-authors of several studies on decision fatigue, willpower, and self-control, suggest that decision fatigue has disastrous effects on a person’s private life.


This suggestion can be interpreted in a lot of ways. A popular example, as portrayed in soap operas: people in positions of power are prone to dalliances later in the evening.


Second, and we’re all familiar with this: lack of focus.


We’ve all been there. There are days when we would sit in front of our laptops staring at our screens, internally trying to muster a shred of energy and motivation to get the job done.


No matter how hard we force ourselves to concentrate on our tasks and try to squeeze out even a drop of motivation—we just can’t!


On the bright side, self-discipline will help us get back on track. But, remember, our lack of focus is just a symptom of the real problem: we’re tired.


Last, but not least: damaged eyes.


We’re always on our computers and smartphones—all day even. We do our work and leisure on our devices and (no surprise) that leads to damaged eyes that continuously gets worse.


When we stare at the screen, our blink rate decreases. In proportion to that, our tear production—the part of our eyes that keeps them lubricated—also decreases. This easily leads to dry and tired eyes that eventually leads to blurry vision—and a pricey new pair of glasses.


These negative effects might not be considered as a big deal for some but keep in mind everything starts as minute things before snowballing into something bigger—like burning out because of work.

Related Article: How a Clean Desk Keeps You from Being Stressed at Work


How to take breaks at work

To hopefully avoid any of these negative effects, with the exception of those who already abuse their eyes (myself included), let’s talk about how to take breaks at work. This includes: how often we should take breaks and what microbreak activities we can do at work are.


So, how often should we take breaks at work?


It’s not set in stone on how many minutes we should take a break—since results differ depending on a lot of factors:

  • A study written by Atsunori Ariga and Alejandro Lleras, from the University of Illinois, suggests taking regular breaks once every hour.
  • An article by Inc. Magazine suggests taking microbreaks at work should be every 60 to 90 minutes.
  • DeskTime, a time-tracking app, says it’s best to have 52 minutes of work and 17 minutes of break
  • Robert Pozen, from the MIT Sloan School of Management, suggests taking a break every 75 to 90 minutes, based on a study about professional musicians.
  • And the popular Pomodoro Technique—a tomato-shaped timer—promotes doing tasks within a 25-minute window followed by a 5-minute break.


Just remember, it’s not about the exact number. It’s about the quality of how we take regular breaks that will help us reap their benefits.


What are the microbreak activities we can do on our breaks?


There’s a lot of microbreak activities we can actually do during our breaks. Just remember, the goal is to come back recharged. Or as Alejandro Lleras, professor of Psychology, puts it:

“Deactivating and reactivating your goals allows you to stay focused.”


To better explain that, here’s what Hengchen Dai from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania has to say:

“Based on past research, we would expect that the more relaxed and disengaged from work people feel during a break, the more likely they will be to benefit from taking time off.”


In short, we shouldn’t do any work during our breaks—and checking emails doesn't count as a break either.


So here are a couple of microbreak activities that what we can do:


1. Move around or stretch


Sitting all day is bad for our health. But it’s the unavoidable devil in our lives since most of everything we do now involves sitting in front of a screen—to a point where we practically have our butts glued to the seat.


A little bit of movement during our break would be good for us. While some would opt to have a workout to get the blood pumping, a quick 5-minute walk will do just as well.


2. Take a nap


The power of a good nap is undeniable. In fact, a study published in Nature Neuroscience shows that naps can change our perception and mood throughout the day.


But how long should we take a nap for?


Jennifer Ackerman, author of Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream: A Day in the Life of Your Body, wrote an insightful guide on how we can catch some Zs:

  • A quick cat nap (for around 20 minutes) makes us more refreshed and energised with a little boost in our moods. Drinking a cup of coffee before taking a cat nap will give us that much needed extra boost as well.
  • A 45-minute nap can help us in creative thinking—something to keep in mind when we’re brainstorming for some fresh ideas.
  • And a 90 to 120-minute nap completes the human sleep cycle. Which gives us much more energy to take on our remaining tasks for the day.


3. Have a coffee break


Drinking coffee is good for our productivity. Specifically, caffeine—found in tea and coffee drinks, to name a few—keeps us alert, helps regulate our stress levels, and keeps us active.


While this little tidbit gives us a reason to reach for another cup of our socially-acceptable drug, there are golden windows throughout our day that’s the best time to drink coffee. Our first coffee break should be between 9:30 and 11:30 in the morning. Our second one—when we really need that extra caffeine boost—should be around 1:30 and 5:30 in the afternoon.

Related Article: How to Stay Motivated at Work When Things Become Unbearable


The importance of taking a break

Within our daily 8-hour shifts, we have about an hour to eat our lunch, and maybe an additional 15-minute break for others. While this is already enough for some to get back to work and keep at it until the end of our shifts—this isn’t the case for everyone.


Our energies naturally ebb and flow. Some people can power through the moments when our energies and focus ebb—but it’s not commendable.


Studies from diverse academic disciplines suggest that having microbreaks at work is vital for our holistic well-being—with plenty of benefits to boot as well.


Sadly, it’s a part of our culture to perceive people who take regular breaks as lazy, dawdling about instead of working on their tasks.


Just remember we’re not robots. We all need to disconnect, even for just a moment, to get back to work and bring the best we can give to the table.

Author
Chief Technology Officer
Work with world leading tech companies from the Philippines
Submit CV

One of our recruitment officers will get in touch with you today!

If you’re interested to know more about our employee benefits and perks, you can download the booklet.

Download now

Strategy & Operations Manager

Cloud Employee, is a UK-owned Philippines business established 8 years ago. We connect high-performing software engineer talent in the Philippines with some of the world’s leading and most innovative tech companies. Developers join to work from the Philippines as part of international engineer teams and grow their CV and skill-set.

We pride ourselves on being supportive and cutting-edge work that continuously invests in staff development, engagement and well-being. We provide security, and career paths, along with individual training programs and mentoring.

POST DATE
WORK LOCATION
Remotely
JOB TYPE
Full Time
Apply

Software QA Test Engineer

Cloud Employee, is a UK owned Philippines business established 8 years ago. We connect high-performing software engineer talent in the Philippines with some of the world’s leading and most innovative tech companies. Developers join to work from the Philippines as part of international engineer teams and grow their CV and skill-set.

We pride ourselves on being a supportive and cutting edge workplace continuously investing in staff development, engagement and well-being. We provide security, career paths, along with individual training programs and mentoring.

Client Overview

A top rated and state of the art cloud based video interviewing solutions company based in the UK catering to over 5000 prominent companies around the world such as Samsung, Uber, Boohoo, Coinbase, 7-Eleven and many more.

POST DATE
WORK LOCATION
Remotely
JOB TYPE
Full Time
Apply

Senior/Team Lead Full-Stack PHP Developer

Cloud Employee is a fast-growing UK-managed offshore recruitment and staffing company in the Philippines. We tackle the growing global IT skills shortage by connecting tech companies based in Europe, the US, and Australia to our pool of expert software developers in the country.

We are now seeking a passionate Senior/Team Lead Full-Stack PHP Developer to join our team of skilled talents. This is an excellent opportunity to join a fun and dynamic work environment and to significantly advance your career.

POST DATE
WORK LOCATION
Remotely
JOB TYPE
Full Time
Apply

Senior/Lead Backend Developer - Brazil

Cloud Employee is a UK-owned business established 8 years ago. We connect high-performing software engineer talent worldwide with some of the world’s leading and most innovative tech companies. Developers join to work from the Philippines and Brazil as part of international engineer teams and grow their CV and skill-set.

We pride ourselves on being a supportive and cutting edge workplace continuously investing in staff development, engagement and well-being. We provide security, career paths, along with individual training programs and mentoring.

POST DATE
WORK LOCATION
Remotely
JOB TYPE
Full Time
Apply

Senior/Lead Backend Developer

Cloud Employee, is a UK-owned Philippines business established 8 years ago. We connect high-performing software engineer talent in the Philippines with some of the world’s leading and most innovative tech companies. Developers join to work from the Philippines as part of international engineer teams and grow their CV and skill-set.

We pride ourselves on being supportive and cutting-edge work that continuously invests in staff development, engagement and well-being. We provide security, and career paths, along with individual training programs and mentoring.

POST DATE
WORK LOCATION
Remotely
JOB TYPE
Full Time
Apply

Senior UI Developer with Umbraco

Cloud Employee, is a UK-owned Philippines business established 8 years ago. We connect high-performing software engineer talent in the Philippines with some of the world’s leading and most innovative tech companies. Developers join to work from the Philippines as part of international engineer teams and grow their CV and skill-set.

We pride ourselves on being supportive and cutting-edge work that continuously invests in staff development, engagement and well-being. We provide security, and career paths, along with individual training programs and mentoring.

POST DATE
WORK LOCATION
Remotely
JOB TYPE
Full Time
Apply

Senior Software Engineer (VB6)

Cloud Employee is a UK-owned Philippines business established 8 years ago. We connect high-performing software engineer talent in the Philippines with some of the world’s leading and most innovative tech companies. Developers join to work from the Philippines as part of international engineering teams and grow their CV and skill-set.

We pride ourselves on being supportive and cutting-edge work that continuously invests in staff development, engagement, and well-being. We provide security, career paths, individual training programs, and mentoring.

POST DATE
WORK LOCATION
Remotely
JOB TYPE
Full Time
Apply

Senior Python Developer

Cloud Employee, is a UK owned Philippines business established 8 years ago. We connect high-performing software engineer talent in the Philippines with some of the world’s leading and most innovative tech companies. Developers join to work from the Philippines as part of international engineer teams and grow their CV and skill-set.

We pride ourselves on being a supportive and cutting edge workplace continuously investing in staff development, engagement and well-being. We provide security, career paths, along with individual training programs and mentoring.

POST DATE
WORK LOCATION
Remotely
JOB TYPE
Full Time
Apply

Senior /Lead Fullstack Developer - Brazil

Cloud Employee is a UK-owned business established 8 years ago. We connect high-performing software engineer talent worldwide with some of the world’s leading and most innovative tech companies. Developers join to work from the Philippines and Brazil as part of international engineer teams and grow their CV and skill-set.

We pride ourselves on being a supportive and cutting edge workplace continuously investing in staff development, engagement and well-being. We provide security, career paths, along with individual training programs and mentoring.

POST DATE
WORK LOCATION
Remotely
JOB TYPE
Full Time
Apply

Senior Integrations Developer

Cloud Employee, is a UK-owned Philippines business established 8 years ago. We connect high-performing software engineer talent in the Philippines with some of the world’s leading and most innovative tech companies. Developers join to work from the Philippines as part of international engineer teams and grow their CV and skill-set.

We pride ourselves on being supportive and cutting-edge work that continuously invests in staff development, engagement and well-being. We provide security, and career paths, along with individual training programs and mentoring.

POST DATE
WORK LOCATION
Remotely
JOB TYPE
Full Time
Apply

Senior Integration Backend Developer

Cloud Employee, is a UK-owned Philippines business established 8 years ago. We connect high-performing software engineer talent in the Philippines with some of the world’s leading and most innovative tech companies. Developers join to work from the Philippines as part of international engineer teams and grow their CV and skill-set.

We pride ourselves on being supportive and cutting-edge work that continuously invests in staff development, engagement and well-being. We provide security, and career paths, along with individual training programs and mentoring.

POST DATE
WORK LOCATION
Remotely
JOB TYPE
Full Time
Apply

Senior Fullstack Python Developer with React

Cloud Employee, is a UK-owned Philippines business established 8 years ago. We connect high-performing software engineer talent in the Philippines with some of the world’s leading and most innovative tech companies. Developers join to work from the Philippines as part of international engineer teams and grow their CV and skill-set.

We pride ourselves on being supportive and cutting-edge work that continuously invests in staff development, engagement and well-being. We provide security, and career paths, along with individual training programs and mentoring.

POST DATE
WORK LOCATION
Remotely
JOB TYPE
Full Time
Apply

Senior Fullstack PHP Laravel Developer

Cloud Employee, is a UK-owned Philippines business established 8 years ago. We connect high-performing software engineer talent in the Philippines with some of the world’s leading and most innovative tech companies. Developers join to work from the Philippines as part of international engineer teams and grow their CV and skill-set.

We pride ourselves on being supportive and cutting-edge work that continuously invests in staff development, engagement and well-being. We provide security, and career paths, along with individual training programs and mentoring.

POST DATE
WORK LOCATION
Remotely
JOB TYPE
Full Time
Apply

Senior Fullstack Engineer

Cloud Employee, is a UK-owned Philippines business established 8 years ago. We connect high-performing software engineer talent in the Philippines with some of the world’s leading and most innovative tech companies. Developers join to work from the Philippines as part of international engineer teams and grow their CV and skill-set.

We pride ourselves on being supportive and cutting-edge work that continuously invests in staff development, engagement and well-being. We provide security, and career paths, along with individual training programs and mentoring.

POST DATE
WORK LOCATION
Remotely
JOB TYPE
Full Time
Apply

Senior Frontend Developer (React)

Cloud Employee, is a UK-owned Philippines business established 8 years ago. We connect high-performing software engineer talent in the Philippines with some of the world’s leading and most innovative tech companies. Developers join to work from the Philippines as part of international engineer teams and grow their CV and skill-set.

We pride ourselves on being supportive and cutting-edge work that continuously invests in staff development, engagement and well-being. We provide security, and career paths, along with individual training programs and mentoring.

POST DATE
WORK LOCATION
Remotely
JOB TYPE
Full Time
Apply

Senior NET Developer

Cloud Employee, is a UK-owned Philippines business established 8 years ago. We connect high-performing software engineer talent in the Philippines with some of the world’s leading and most innovative tech companies. Developers join to work from the Philippines as part of international engineer teams and grow their CV and skill-set.

We pride ourselves on being supportive and cutting-edge work that continuously invests in staff development, engagement and well-being. We provide security, and career paths, along with individual training programs and mentoring.

POST DATE
WORK LOCATION
Remotely
JOB TYPE
Full Time
Apply

Senior DevOps Engineer

Cloud Employee, is a UK owned Philippines business established 8 years ago. We connect high-performing software engineer talent in the Philippines with some of the world’s leading and most innovative tech companies. Developers join to work from the Philippines as part of international engineer teams and grow their CV and skill-set.

We pride ourselves on being a supportive and cutting edge workplace continuously investing in staff development, engagement and well-being. We provide security, career paths, along with individual training programs and mentoring.

Our Client

A leading UK-company that specializes in providing foreign currencies solutions

POST DATE
WORK LOCATION
Remotely
JOB TYPE
Full Time
Apply

Robotics Software Engineer

Cloud Employee, is a UK-owned Philippines business established 8 years ago. We connect high-performing software engineer talent in the Philippines with some of the world’s leading and most innovative tech companies. Developers join to work from the Philippines as part of international engineer teams and grow their CV and skill-set.

We pride ourselves on being supportive and cutting-edge work that continuously invests in staff development, engagement and well-being. We provide security, and career paths, along with individual training programs and mentoring.

Client Overview

A completely integrated innovation studio within the corporate framework, with a primary emphasis on making the future of the food industry accessible to all. Their core objective is to discover, create, and expand tailored automation remedies, utilizing a team of proficient individuals covering domains like engineering, robotics, and artificial intelligence. Our central mission revolves around constructing automation technology solutions that empower individuals to achieve greater feats.

Position Summary

In your role as a Robotics Software Engineer, your expertise in Robotic Software Engineering will be the key to your success. Collaborating with our skilled team, you'll play a pivotal role in advancing our cutting-edge product development accelerator. Your responsibilities will involve crafting, programming, and evaluating top-notch software essential for ensuring the dependable and secure operations of commercial robots.

POST DATE
WORK LOCATION
Remotely
JOB TYPE
Full Time
Apply

Senior Python Developer

Cloud Employee, is a UK-owned Philippines business established 8 years ago. We connect high-performing software engineer talent in the Philippines with some of the world’s leading and most innovative tech companies. Developers join to work from the Philippines as part of international engineer teams and grow their CV and skill-set.

We pride ourselves on being supportive and cutting-edge work that continuously invests in staff development, engagement and well-being. We provide security, and career paths, along with individual training programs and mentoring.

POST DATE
WORK LOCATION
Remotely
JOB TYPE
Full Time
Apply

Python Developer (Senior Level)

Cloud Employee, is a UK-owned Philippines business established 8 years ago. We connect high-performing software engineer talent in the Philippines with some of the world’s leading and most innovative tech companies. Developers join to work from the Philippines as part of international engineer teams and grow their CV and skill-set.

We pride ourselves on being supportive and cutting-edge work that continuously invests in staff development, engagement and well-being. We provide security, and career paths, along with individual training programs and mentoring.

POST DATE
WORK LOCATION
JOB TYPE
Apply

Python Developer

Cloud Employee, is a UK-owned Philippines business established 8 years ago. We connect high-performing software engineer talent in the Philippines with some of the world’s leading and most innovative tech companies. Developers join to work from the Philippines as part of international engineer teams and grow their CV and skill-set.

We pride ourselves on being supportive and cutting-edge work that continuously invests in staff development, engagement and well-being. We provide security, and career paths, along with individual training programs and mentoring.

POST DATE
WORK LOCATION
Remotely
JOB TYPE
Full Time
Apply

Perl Developer

Cloud Employee, is a UK-owned Philippines business established 8 years ago. We connect high-performing software engineer talent in the Philippines with some of the world’s leading and most innovative tech companies. Developers join to work from the Philippines as part of international engineer teams and grow their CV and skill-set.

We pride ourselves on being supportive and cutting-edge work that continuously invests in staff development, engagement and well-being. We provide security, and career paths, along with individual training programs and mentoring.

POST DATE
WORK LOCATION
Remotely
JOB TYPE
Full Time
Apply

Mid-Senior Mechanical Engineer

Cloud Employee, is a UK-owned Philippines business established 8 years ago. We connect high-performing software engineer talent in the Philippines with some of the world’s leading and most innovative tech companies. Developers join to work from the Philippines as part of international engineer teams and grow their CV and skill-set.

We pride ourselves on being supportive and cutting-edge work that continuously invests in staff development, engagement and well-being. We provide security, and career paths, along with individual training programs and mentoring.

Client Overview

A completely integrated innovation studio within the corporate framework, with a primary emphasis on making the future of the food industry accessible to all. Their core objective is to discover, create, and expand tailored automation remedies, utilizing a team of proficient individuals covering domains like engineering, robotics, and artificial intelligence. Our central mission revolves around constructing automation technology solutions that empower individuals to achieve greater feats.

Position Summary

The position of Mechanical Engineer corresponds to a mid-level role. An ideal candidate for this position possesses robust practical expertise in various technical systems. The responsibilities encompass a combination of individual input within projects and actively leading teams towards achieving a remarkable standard of technical proficiency.

POST DATE
WORK LOCATION
Remotely
JOB TYPE
Full Time
Apply

Mid-Senior Industrial Design Engineer

Cloud Employee, is a UK-owned Philippines business established 8 years ago. We connect high-performing software engineer talent in the Philippines with some of the world’s leading and most innovative tech companies. Developers join to work from the Philippines as part of international engineer teams and grow their CV and skill-set.

We pride ourselves on being supportive and cutting-edge work that continuously invests in staff development, engagement and well-being. We provide security, and career paths, along with individual training programs and mentoring.

Client Overview

A completely integrated innovation studio within the corporate framework, with a primary emphasis on making the future of the food industry accessible to all. Their core objective is to discover, create, and expand tailored automation remedies, utilizing a team of proficient individuals covering domains like engineering, robotics, and artificial intelligence. Our central mission revolves around constructing automation technology solutions that empower individuals to achieve greater feats.

Position Summary

In the role of an Industrial Design Engineer with a focus on cobotics, you will assume a crucial position in envisioning, crafting, and honing both the tangible and operational facets of our collaborative robotic solutions. Your collaboration will extend to cross-functional groups, including mechanical engineers, software developers, and UX designers, in the pursuit of devising cobotic systems centered around users. These systems will redefine effectiveness and safety within industrial settings.

POST DATE
WORK LOCATION
JOB TYPE
Apply

Backend Python Developer

Cloud Employee, is a UK owned Philippines business established 8 years ago. We connect high-performing software engineer talent in the Philippines with some of the world’s leading and most innovative tech companies. Developers join to work from the Philippines as part of international engineer teams and grow their CV and skill-set.

We pride ourselves on being a supportive and cutting edge workplace continuously investing in staff development, engagement and well-being. We provide security, career paths, along with individual training programs and mentoring.

Client Overview

A top rated and state of the art cloud based video interviewing solutions company based in the UK catering to over 5000 prominent companies around the world such as Samsung, Uber, Boohoo, Coinbase, 7-Eleven and many more.

POST DATE
WORK LOCATION
Remotely
JOB TYPE
Full Time
Apply

CNC Machinist

Cloud Employee, is a UK-owned Philippines business established 8 years ago. We connect high-performing software engineer talent in the Philippines with some of the world’s leading and most innovative tech companies. Developers join to work from the Philippines as part of international engineer teams and grow their CV and skill-set.

We pride ourselves on being supportive and cutting-edge work that continuously invests in staff development, engagement and well-being. We provide security, and career paths, along with individual training programs and mentoring.

POST DATE
WORK LOCATION
Remotely
JOB TYPE
Full Time
Apply

CRM Data Specialist (MS Dynamics 365)

Cloud Employee, is a UK-owned Philippines business established 8 years ago. We connect high-performing software engineer talent in the Philippines with some of the world’s leading and most innovative tech companies. Developers join to work from the Philippines as part of international engineer teams and grow their CV and skill-set.

We pride ourselves on being supportive and cutting-edge work that continuously invests in staff development, engagement and well-being. We provide security, and career paths, along with individual training programs and mentoring.

POST DATE
WORK LOCATION
Remotely
JOB TYPE
Full Time
Apply

Electrical Engineer

Cloud Employee, is a UK-owned Philippines business established 8 years ago. We connect high-performing software engineer talent in the Philippines with some of the world’s leading and most innovative tech companies. Developers join to work from the Philippines as part of international engineer teams and grow their CV and skill-set.

We pride ourselves on being supportive and cutting-edge work that continuously invests in staff development, engagement and well-being. We provide security, and career paths, along with individual training programs and mentoring.


Client Overview

A completely integrated innovation studio within the corporate framework, with a primary emphasis on making the future of the food industry accessible to all. Their core objective is to discover, create, and expand tailored automation remedies, utilizing a team of proficient individuals covering domains like engineering, robotics, and artificial intelligence. Our central mission revolves around constructing automation technology solutions that empower individuals to achieve greater feats.

Position Overview

In the role of an Electrical Engineer, your expertise and proficiency in designing electrical-mechanical systems will be a key asset, enabling you to stand out. Collaborating with our skilled team, you will play a vital role in expediting product development processes.

POST DATE
WORK LOCATION
Remotely
JOB TYPE
Full Time
Apply

Front-End Developer

Cloud Employee, is a UK-owned Philippines business established 8 years ago. We connect high-performing software engineer talent in the Philippines with some of the world’s leading and most innovative tech companies. Developers join to work from the Philippines as part of international engineer teams and grow their CV and skill-set.

We pride ourselves on being supportive and cutting-edge work that continuously invests in staff development, engagement and well-being. We provide security, and career paths, along with individual training programs and mentoring.

POST DATE
WORK LOCATION
Remotely
JOB TYPE
Full Time
Apply

Front End React Developer

Cloud Employee is a fast-growing UK-managed offshore recruitment and staffing company in the Philippines. We tackle the growing global IT skills shortage by connecting tech companies based in Europe, the US, and Australia to our pool of expert software developers in the country.

We are now seeking a passionate Front End React Developer to join our team of skilled talents. This is an excellent opportunity to join a fun and dynamic work environment and to significantly advance your career.

POST DATE
WORK LOCATION
Remotely
JOB TYPE
Full Time
Apply

Frontend Developer (NextJS and React)

Cloud Employee, is a UK-owned Philippines business established 8 years ago. We connect high-performing software engineer talent in the Philippines with some of the world’s leading and most innovative tech companies. Developers join to work from the Philippines as part of international engineer teams and grow their CV and skill-set.

We pride ourselves on being supportive and cutting-edge work that continuously invests in staff development, engagement and well-being. We provide security, and career paths, along with individual training programs and mentoring.

POST DATE
WORK LOCATION
Remotely
JOB TYPE
Full Time
Apply

Frontend Developer (Senior)

Cloud Employee, is a UK-owned Philippines business established 8 years ago. We connect high-performing software engineer talent in the Philippines with some of the world’s leading and most innovative tech companies. Developers join to work from the Philippines as part of international engineer teams and grow their CV and skill-set.

We pride ourselves on being supportive and cutting-edge work that continuously invests in staff development, engagement and well-being. We provide security, and career paths, along with individual training programs and mentoring.

POST DATE
WORK LOCATION
Remotely
JOB TYPE
Seasonal
Apply

Frontend React Developer

Cloud Employee, is a UK-owned Philippines business established 8 years ago. We connect high-performing software engineer talent in the Philippines with some of the world’s leading and most innovative tech companies. Developers join to work from the Philippines as part of international engineer teams and grow their CV and skill-set.

We pride ourselves on being supportive and cutting-edge work that continuously invests in staff development, engagement and well-being. We provide security, and career paths, along with individual training programs and mentoring.

POST DATE
WORK LOCATION
JOB TYPE
Apply

Full-Stack Developer

Cloud Employee is a fast-growing UK-managed offshore recruitment and staffing company in the Philippines. We tackle the growing global IT skills shortage by connecting tech companies based in Europe, the US, and Australia to our pool of expert software developers in the country.

We are now seeking a passionate Full-Stack Developer to join our team of skilled talents. This is an excellent opportunity to join a fun and dynamic work environment and to significantly advance your career.

POST DATE
WORK LOCATION
Remotely
JOB TYPE
Full Time
Apply

Full-Stack Laravel/Vue Developer (Jr to Mid)

Cloud Employee, is a UK-owned Philippines business established 8 years ago. We connect high-performing software engineer talent in the Philippines with some of the world’s leading and most innovative tech companies. Developers join to work from the Philippines as part of international engineer teams and grow their CV and skill-set.

We pride ourselves on being supportive and cutting-edge work that continuously invests in staff development, engagement and well-being. We provide security, and career paths, along with individual training programs and mentoring.

POST DATE
WORK LOCATION
Remotely
JOB TYPE
Full Time
Apply

Full Stack .Net Developer

Cloud Employee, is a UK-owned Philippines business established 8 years ago. We connect high-performing software engineer talent in the Philippines with some of the world’s leading and most innovative tech companies. Developers join to work from the Philippines as part of international engineering teams and grow their CV and skill-set.We pride ourselves on being a supportive and cutting-edge workplace that continuously invests in staff development, engagement, and well-being. We provide security, and career paths, along with individual training programs and mentoring.

POST DATE
WORK LOCATION
Remotely
JOB TYPE
Full Time
Apply

Full-Stack Node/VueJS Developer (Mid - Senior)

Cloud Employee, is a UK-owned Philippines business established 8 years ago. We connect high-performing software engineer talent in the Philippines with some of the world’s leading and most innovative tech companies. Developers join to work from the Philippines as part of international engineer teams and grow their CV and skill-set.

We pride ourselves on being supportive and cutting-edge work that continuously invests in staff development, engagement and well-being. We provide security, and career paths, along with individual training programs and mentoring

POST DATE
WORK LOCATION
Remotely
JOB TYPE
Full Time
Apply

Full-Stack PHP Developer (Mid to Senior)

Cloud Employee is a fast-growing UK-managed offshore recruitment and staffing company in the Philippines. We tackle the growing global IT skills shortage by connecting tech companies based in Europe, the US, and Australia to our pool of expert software developers in the country.

We are now seeking passionate mid to senior-level Fullstack PHP Developer to join our team of skilled talents. This is an excellent opportunity to join a fun and dynamic work environment and to significantly advance your career.

POST DATE
WORK LOCATION
Remotely
JOB TYPE
Full Time
Apply

Full-Stack PHP Developer Tech Lead

Cloud Employee is a fast-growing UK-managed offshore recruitment and staffing company in the Philippines. We tackle the growing global IT skills shortage by connecting tech companies based in Europe, the US, and Australia to our pool of expert software developers in the country.

We are now seeking passionate Lead Full-Stack PHP Developer to join our team of skilled talents. This is an excellent opportunity to join a fun and dynamic work environment and to significantly advance your career.

POST DATE
WORK LOCATION
Remotely
JOB TYPE
Full Time
Apply

Full stack RoR/VueJS Developer

Cloud Employee, is a UK-owned Philippines business established 8 years ago. We connect high-performing software engineer talent in the Philippines with some of the world’s leading and most innovative tech companies. Developers join to work from the Philippines as part of international engineer teams and grow their CV and skill-set.

We pride ourselves on being supportive and cutting-edge work that continuously invests in staff development, engagement and well-being. We provide security, and career paths, along with individual training programs and mentoring.

POST DATE
WORK LOCATION
Remotely
JOB TYPE
Full Time
Apply

Fullstack Developer

Cloud Employee, is a UK-owned Philippines business established 8 years ago. We connect high-performing software engineer talent in the Philippines with some of the world’s leading and most innovative tech companies. Developers join to work from the Philippines as part of international engineer teams and grow their CV and skill-set.

We pride ourselves on being supportive and cutting-edge work that continuously invests in staff development, engagement and well-being. We provide security, and career paths, along with individual training programs and mentoring.

POST DATE
WORK LOCATION
Remotely
JOB TYPE
Full Time
Apply

Fullstack .NET Developer

Cloud Employee, is a UK-owned Philippines business established 8 years ago. We connect high-performing software engineer talent in the Philippines with some of the world’s leading and most innovative tech companies. Developers join to work from the Philippines as part of international engineer teams and grow their CV and skill-set.

We pride ourselves on being supportive and cutting-edge work that continuously invests in staff development, engagement and well-being. We provide security, and career paths, along with individual training programs and mentoring.

POST DATE
WORK LOCATION
Remotely
JOB TYPE
Full Time
Apply

Lead/Senior Frontend Developer (UI/UX) - Brazil

Cloud Employee is a UK-owned business established eight years ago. We connect high-performing software engineer talent worldwide with some of the world’s leading and most innovative tech companies. Developers join to work from the Philippines and Brazil as part of international engineering teams and grow their CV and skill-set.

We pride ourselves on being a supportive and cutting edge workplace that continuously invests in staff development, engagement, and well-being. We provide security, career paths, individual training programs, and mentoring.

POST DATE
WORK LOCATION
Remotely
JOB TYPE
Full Time
Apply

Marketing Specialists

Cloud Employee, is a UK-owned Philippines business established 8 years ago. We connect high-performing software engineer talent in the Philippines with some of the world’s leading and most innovative tech companies. Developers join to work from the Philippines as part of international engineer teams and grow their CV and skill-set.

We pride ourselves on being supportive and cutting-edge work that continuously invests in staff development, engagement and well-being. We provide security, and career paths, along with individual training programs and mentoring.

POST DATE
WORK LOCATION
Remotely
JOB TYPE
Full Time
Apply

Backend Developer (Python)

Cloud Employee, is a UK-owned Philippines business established 8 years ago. We connect high-performing software engineer talent in the Philippines with some of the world’s leading and most innovative tech companies. Developers join to work from the Philippines as part of international engineer teams and grow their CV and skill-set.

We pride ourselves on being supportive and cutting-edge work that continuously invests in staff development, engagement and well-being. We provide security, and career paths, along with individual training programs and mentoring.

POST DATE
WORK LOCATION
Remotely
JOB TYPE
Full Time
Apply

Senior/Team Lead Full-Stack PHP Developer

Cloud Employee is a fast-growing UK-managed offshore recruitment and staffing company in the Philippines. We tackle the growing global IT skills shortage by connecting tech companies based in Europe, the US, and Australia to our pool of expert software developers in the country.

POST DATE
December 28, 2023
WORK LOCATION
Remotely
JOB TYPE
Full Time
Apply

Senior Full-Stack PHP Developer

Cloud Employee is a UK-owned Philippines business established 8 years ago. We connect high-performing software engineer talent in the Philippines with some of the world’s leading and most innovative tech companies. Developers join to work from the Philippines as part of international engineering teams and grow their CV and skill-set.

We pride ourselves on being a supportive and cutting-edge workplace that continuously invests in staff development, engagement, and well-being. We provide security, and career paths, along with individual training programs and mentoring.

POST DATE
January 2, 2024
WORK LOCATION
Remotely
JOB TYPE
Full Time
Apply

Tired? Here’s why you should take regular breaks

February 16, 2024

Since the industrial revolution up to our present-day society, we all have worked 8-hour shifts, day-in and day-out—five days a week!


Frankly, the routine can get quite tiring. That’s why we need to take regular breaks from work—to disconnect, recharge, and come back refreshed.


In this article, we’ll be talking about:

  • Why should we take regular breaks at work?
  • What are the negative effects when we don’t take a break?
  • How to take breaks at work?


Why should we take regular breaks at work?

In the past, working an 8-hour shift used to be an effective approach. It was a humane effort to cut down the hours of strenuous manual labour workers were subjected to on the factory floor.


But in the context of the modern-day, white-collar employees, it’s outdated and ineffective!


A study conducted by the Draugiem Group used a computer application called DeskTime to track the work habits of employees. The app measured how much time people spent on their tasks and compared it to their productivity levels.


From the study, researchers found the employees’ productivity level results intriguing; the typical length of a workday didn’t really matter—it’s how they structured their day that made an impact.


Specifically, the employees who regularly took microbreaks at work were a lot more productive compared to the people who powered through and worked with minimal breaks.


The results of their study aren’t surprising, nor are they new—our focus and energy naturally ebb and flow.


Biologists call this as a part of Chronobiology—a field in Biology that examines the cyclic phenomena in living organisms. The study includes, but are not limited to, comparative anatomy, physiology, genetics, molecular biology, and behaviour.


That’s why we have periods of focus and high energy—an increased level of productivity, followed by a decline, or an ebb.


Now, it is annoying, but that’s the sad reality—we’re not robots.


So here’s a simple workaround to our biological limitations: we should actually take regular breaks at work.

Related Article: Is failure the key to career growth?


The negative effects when we don’t take a break

Before we start about how to take microbreaks at work and what the amazing benefits of having a break at work are, let’s talk about why it’s crucial to take regular breaks.


Now, the list isn’t long but adverse effects have a funny way of impacting our lives later on:


First in the list is decision fatigue.

Decision fatigue refers to the idea that our willpower to make sound decisions deteriorates in quality as we deplete our limited mental resources throughout the day.


As Jonathan Levav, Associate Professor of Business, from Stanford University puts it:

“Decision fatigue helps explain why ordinarily sensible people…can’t resist the dealer’s offer to rustproof their new car.”

The effects of decision fatigue— reduced the ability to make trade-offs, decision avoidance, impulse purchasing, and impaired self-regulation—are subtle in the beginning and later snowball into bigger problems.


Roy Baumeister and Kathleen Vohs, co-authors of several studies on decision fatigue, willpower, and self-control, suggest that decision fatigue has disastrous effects on a person’s private life.


This suggestion can be interpreted in a lot of ways. A popular example, as portrayed in soap operas: people in positions of power are prone to dalliances later in the evening.


Second, and we’re all familiar with this: lack of focus.


We’ve all been there. There are days when we would sit in front of our laptops staring at our screens, internally trying to muster a shred of energy and motivation to get the job done.


No matter how hard we force ourselves to concentrate on our tasks and try to squeeze out even a drop of motivation—we just can’t!


On the bright side, self-discipline will help us get back on track. But, remember, our lack of focus is just a symptom of the real problem: we’re tired.


Last, but not least: damaged eyes.


We’re always on our computers and smartphones—all day even. We do our work and leisure on our devices and (no surprise) that leads to damaged eyes that continuously gets worse.


When we stare at the screen, our blink rate decreases. In proportion to that, our tear production—the part of our eyes that keeps them lubricated—also decreases. This easily leads to dry and tired eyes that eventually leads to blurry vision—and a pricey new pair of glasses.


These negative effects might not be considered as a big deal for some but keep in mind everything starts as minute things before snowballing into something bigger—like burning out because of work.

Related Article: How a Clean Desk Keeps You from Being Stressed at Work


How to take breaks at work

To hopefully avoid any of these negative effects, with the exception of those who already abuse their eyes (myself included), let’s talk about how to take breaks at work. This includes: how often we should take breaks and what microbreak activities we can do at work are.


So, how often should we take breaks at work?


It’s not set in stone on how many minutes we should take a break—since results differ depending on a lot of factors:

  • A study written by Atsunori Ariga and Alejandro Lleras, from the University of Illinois, suggests taking regular breaks once every hour.
  • An article by Inc. Magazine suggests taking microbreaks at work should be every 60 to 90 minutes.
  • DeskTime, a time-tracking app, says it’s best to have 52 minutes of work and 17 minutes of break
  • Robert Pozen, from the MIT Sloan School of Management, suggests taking a break every 75 to 90 minutes, based on a study about professional musicians.
  • And the popular Pomodoro Technique—a tomato-shaped timer—promotes doing tasks within a 25-minute window followed by a 5-minute break.


Just remember, it’s not about the exact number. It’s about the quality of how we take regular breaks that will help us reap their benefits.


What are the microbreak activities we can do on our breaks?


There’s a lot of microbreak activities we can actually do during our breaks. Just remember, the goal is to come back recharged. Or as Alejandro Lleras, professor of Psychology, puts it:

“Deactivating and reactivating your goals allows you to stay focused.”


To better explain that, here’s what Hengchen Dai from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania has to say:

“Based on past research, we would expect that the more relaxed and disengaged from work people feel during a break, the more likely they will be to benefit from taking time off.”


In short, we shouldn’t do any work during our breaks—and checking emails doesn't count as a break either.


So here are a couple of microbreak activities that what we can do:


1. Move around or stretch


Sitting all day is bad for our health. But it’s the unavoidable devil in our lives since most of everything we do now involves sitting in front of a screen—to a point where we practically have our butts glued to the seat.


A little bit of movement during our break would be good for us. While some would opt to have a workout to get the blood pumping, a quick 5-minute walk will do just as well.


2. Take a nap


The power of a good nap is undeniable. In fact, a study published in Nature Neuroscience shows that naps can change our perception and mood throughout the day.


But how long should we take a nap for?


Jennifer Ackerman, author of Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream: A Day in the Life of Your Body, wrote an insightful guide on how we can catch some Zs:

  • A quick cat nap (for around 20 minutes) makes us more refreshed and energised with a little boost in our moods. Drinking a cup of coffee before taking a cat nap will give us that much needed extra boost as well.
  • A 45-minute nap can help us in creative thinking—something to keep in mind when we’re brainstorming for some fresh ideas.
  • And a 90 to 120-minute nap completes the human sleep cycle. Which gives us much more energy to take on our remaining tasks for the day.


3. Have a coffee break


Drinking coffee is good for our productivity. Specifically, caffeine—found in tea and coffee drinks, to name a few—keeps us alert, helps regulate our stress levels, and keeps us active.


While this little tidbit gives us a reason to reach for another cup of our socially-acceptable drug, there are golden windows throughout our day that’s the best time to drink coffee. Our first coffee break should be between 9:30 and 11:30 in the morning. Our second one—when we really need that extra caffeine boost—should be around 1:30 and 5:30 in the afternoon.

Related Article: How to Stay Motivated at Work When Things Become Unbearable


The importance of taking a break

Within our daily 8-hour shifts, we have about an hour to eat our lunch, and maybe an additional 15-minute break for others. While this is already enough for some to get back to work and keep at it until the end of our shifts—this isn’t the case for everyone.


Our energies naturally ebb and flow. Some people can power through the moments when our energies and focus ebb—but it’s not commendable.


Studies from diverse academic disciplines suggest that having microbreaks at work is vital for our holistic well-being—with plenty of benefits to boot as well.


Sadly, it’s a part of our culture to perceive people who take regular breaks as lazy, dawdling about instead of working on their tasks.


Just remember we’re not robots. We all need to disconnect, even for just a moment, to get back to work and bring the best we can give to the table.

Webflow
Python
MySQL
Node.js
Angular
Android
React
Php
Javascript
What skillsets are you looking to hire?
Previous
Next
Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.
2. Paste this code immediately after the opening tag: