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Training managers and employees on the policies and encouraging their complianceInvesting in a software system that documents compliance by tracking employees’ use of break timeConducting spot checks to see that policies are being followed and not violatedRegardless of the type of work they do, employees need breaks to renew and refresh themselves during the workday. By creating an environment in which employees take the breaks they’re entitled to, employers can help enhance workplace morale (and avoid costly lawsuits).
QuestionSuppose you are an employer, and all of your employees have desk jobs. What can you do to ensure that they take their breaks?Possible answersInclude a policy regarding workday breaks in the company handbook. Train managers to enforce the policy, and during orientation, emphasize the importance of taking meal breaks during the workday.If it looked as if eating at desks could became a problem, consider discouraging this in the handbook while also providing an attractive lunchroom on the premises, or sponsoring a series of informative “brown-bag lunch” talks on various topics during the lunch hour.