Time for a Coffee Break?


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What’s the least productive time of day for employees? Accountemps put the question to 150 senior executives from the nation’s 1,000 largest companies. Of those surveyed, 33% said employee output was the lowest from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., while 29% cited noon to 2 p.m. as the most unproductive.

Accountemps Chairman Max Messner, in his book Managing Your Career for Dummies (John Wiley & Sons Inc.), offers a few tips for avoiding that afternoon lull: Tackle difficult tasks earlier in the day when your energy is at a peak, take a short walk outdoors, eat nutritious snacks and take a mental break for a few minutes.

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