It has been found that when an employee takes a micro-break they are able to think faster, feel more confident and understood better by others.
This research was undertaken by the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) Business, who help employees become better communicators. Their “Thinking On Your Feet” report states that 42 per cent of employees are able to think faster when relaxed, 41 per cent said they feel more confident and 34 per cent said they feel better understood by others.
As well as a third (33 per cent) saying they are better listeners after a break and 31 per cent said they can adapt better to people and situations.
Other techniques that can help employees to help them think on the spot is by getting some fresh air (31 per cent) or taking a walk (22 per cent). Workers also feel less tense by having a hot drink (20 per cent).
Kate Walker Miles, tutor and client manager at RADA Business, said:
It’s not surprising that moving helps to free us, whether that’s simply getting up to make a cup of tea, or consciously stretching. At RADA Business, we know that releasing muscle tension and opening-up the body helps us to feel and appear present. We own our space more, become responsive rather than reactive, and feel ready for action.
Entering situations where you are highly visible to others and which require you to respond in the moment can be daunting, no matter what career stage you’re at. Letting tension build and affect your behaviour can ultimately cause you to lose credibility when you’re put on the spot.
It is clear from the research that encouraging workers to take the time to better prepare themselves for presentations and meetings, has a positive impact on their overall work and productivity. This allows them to get into their bodies before situations where they need to think on their feet and make their voices heard. If you take a little time to free up your body, your mind will follow.
RADA Business conducted this research by asking the opinion of 1,000 employees.