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Short Breaks ((FULL))

Federal law does not require lunch or coffee breaks. However, when employers do offer short breaks (usually lasting about 5 to 20 minutes), federal law considers the breaks as compensable work hours that would be included in the sum of hours worked during the workweek and considered in determining if overtime was worked. Unauthorized extensions of authorized work breaks need not be counted as hours worked when the employer has expressly and unambiguously communicated to the employee that the authorized break may only last for a specific length of time, that any extension of the break is contrary to the employer's rules, and any extension of the break will be punished.

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In a study of healthy volunteers, National Institutes of Health researchers found that our brains may solidify the memories of new skills we just practiced a few seconds earlier by taking a short rest. The results highlight the critically important role rest may play in learning.

Each was tested three times: once before an operation, once after an operation where they were allowed microbreaks and once after a surgery with no microbreaks. During the breaks, they were asked to briefly leave the work area and do some stretches.

Remarkably, the surgeons were seven times more accurate in their drawings after operations where they were allowed microbreaks. They also had half the levels of physical fatigue and felt less pain in their backs, necks, shoulders and wrists.

Andrew Bennett, a social scientist, studied microbreaks for his doctoral thesis while he was at Virginia Commonwealth University. His major finding was that microbreaking by watching a funny video clip left people invigorated and more attentive, with lower fatigue and smaller delays in their response times during a cognitive test.

Computer operators at two work sites (n = 73, n = 19) were prompted to take three 30-s and one 3-min break from computer work each hour in addition to conventional rest breaks. Some operators were asked to perform stretching exercises during the short breaks. Mood state and musculoskeletal discomfort were assessed at each work site over a 2- or 3-week baseline period and a 4- or 6-week treatment period, respectively. Operator productivity measures were obtained from company records. Operators complied with about half of the added breaks but favoured 3-min breaks over 30-s breaks. No improvement in productivity or well-being was found at the larger work site. At the smaller work site, productivity, eye, leg and foot comfort all improved when the short breaks included stretching exercises. These results provide evidence that frequent short breaks from continuous computer-mediated work can benefit worker productivity and well-being when the breaks integrate with task demands.

Shared care is family-based care that provides short breaks to disabled children and young people. The scheme specifically recruits carers to support children who have additional needs. Our carers are from a wide variety of ethnic, religious and cultural backgrounds. They can be individuals or couples, male or female, with or without children and may have pets, some carers work and others may be retired.

The buddying service will provide fully trained staff to support children and young people with a learning disability aged 5-19. The service will match staff to the interest of the young person they are supporting. The support could be offered for a short time or on a longer-term regular basis and will be offered to families as per interest.

Our inclusive short breaks programme, designed for children and young people with a disability is packed full of sport, games and activities to provide your child with the ultimate healthy, fun and safe experience. All sessions are run on a staff to child ratio of 1:4.

Direct Payments are available following an assessment of need and can be used to provide a short break through paying for services or employing a PA, but they cannot be used to pay for the community short break activities. Direct Payments are used to pay for provision for your child to meet an outcome in an Education, Health and Care Plan, or in a Social Care or Health plan.

This is family-based care that provides short breaks to disabled children and young people from 4 - 18 years of age. Carers are from a wide variety of backgrounds and can be individuals or couples, male or female, with or without children and may have pets, some carers work others may be retired.

The OSB service provides a break for parents and carers, whilst their children stay, for a short amount of time, in a safe and suitable setting. Having access to this support has important benefits for both carers and their children, helping the carer continue to care for their child and providing the child with a change from daily routine and an opportunity to develop new skills, stay away from home without their parents and mix with their peers.

An overnight short break is a specialist service, available only once a social work assessment of need has been completed. This assessment would be arranged via a referral through the 0-25 Together Service.

A short break does not necessarily have to be a break away from the home. Carers can choose the break which suits them best. Some examples of short breaks we have provided include sporting equipment, treatments and vouchers for carers to enjoy hobbies.

We want our Local Offer to be as helpful and easy-to-use as possible. All feedback from parents, professionals and young people with SEND is invaluable and we continuously act on suggestions to improve the website. Could you help us by completing our short survey about your recent experience?

In many work cultures, people assume the best employees work non-stop while sustaining good performance. Taking breaks during work hours is often seen as a waste of time (Lim, 2002). But is that really the case?

At some point, employees need to stop working to recharge their batteries, so to speak. Short breaks during the workday can actually boost mental resources such as attention, ensuring good performance. For example, researchers have shown that watching a funny eight-minute video (Cheng & Wang, 2015) or spending less than one minute looking at nature (Lee et al., 2015) improves employee performance after they return to the work task.

One key component of an effective break is psychological detachment, which refers to mentally disengaging from work thoughts (Sonnentag & Fritz, 2007). By shifting our focus, detachment helps us to directly reduce work demands that are causing fatigue and to naturally recover (Meijman & Mulder, 2013). Some types of breaks help us to avoid these work-related thoughts better than others (Glynn, Christenfeld, & Gerin, 2002),

Lee, K.E., Williams, K.J.H., Sargent, L.D., Williams, N.J.G., & Johnson, K.A. (2015). 40-second green roof views sustain attention: The role of micro-breaks in attention restoration. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 42, 182-189.

Our short breaks services statement includes feedback from the 2018 to 2019 consultation which gathered views of children and young people with disabilities and their parents and carers. It also includes the action plan designed to improve our service in response to the consultation.

If your child is already in receipt of a non-specialist short break and you would like to change or review your offer, call Specialist Resource Team on 0161 219 2125 between 10.00am and 2.30pm Monday-Friday. However, if your child has a specialist package that has been agreed with a social worker and you would like to review your support package, or if you need extra help, you should discuss this with your social worker.

As of May 2023 if you need your short break reviewing and you do not have a social worker, you can contact the Specialist Resource Team on 0161 219 2125 between 10.00am and 2.30pm Monday - Friday where someone from the team will be happy to process your short break review.

Short breaks provide fun, leisure and social activities for children and young people with addition needs and disabilities outside the school day. This enables them to try new experiences, learn new skills, develop confidence and have fun!

The Pomodoro Technique is a time management method developed by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s.[1] It uses a kitchen timer to break work into intervals, typically 25 minutes in length, separated by short breaks. Each interval is known as a pomodoro, from the Italian word for tomato, after the tomato-shaped kitchen timer Cirillo used as a university student.[2][1]

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The team can arrange practical support, personal care in the home, short breaks, counselling and residential services and can also put carers in touch with other specialist organisations. The team can also provide information in respect of specialist equipment for deaf children.

Short breaks enable and support children and young people with a disability to live ordinary family lives, to have fun, try new activities, gain independence and make friends. They provide parents and carers with a short break from their caring responsibilities.

If families wish to apply for overnight provision or more than one short break service for their children, they can contact the Children with Disabilities Team on 020 7364 2724 and ask for an assessment. For help and more information on short breaks, you can contact the Short Breaks Co-ordinator on 020 7364 1450.

Short breaks can be during the day or evening or overnight, at weekends or mid-week and most take place in community settings whilst a small number are in a residential setting or the family home of an approved carer. 041b061a72

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