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Study Finds Rest Breaks Minimize Eye Strain and Increase Speed Among Data Entry Workers

A new study by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) supports earlier studies that supplemental rest breaks reduce discomfort and eye strain among data entry workers, without impairing productivity.

Findings showed that when workers took 4 supplementary five-minute breaks over the course of the day:
• Discomfort and eyestrain ratings were significantly lower
Data-entry speed was significantly faster
Work output was maintained, despite replacing 20-minutes of work time with break time