/ Asked by Sam
How do employer's view coffee breaks? The people in my office seem to take breaks which seem excessive. I think a little break to grab a coffee is ok (not a half an hour), but how do employers view breaks during the work day?
Answered by Cassandra, Hiring Expert at Verizon, on Friday, February 20, 2015
Many of us work in high stress, high volume roles that require a great deal from us personally and every now and then a break is needed during the course of the day. The corporate coffee shop or free coffee machine is a common amenity available to employee populations throughout the work day for them to grab a cup of java, as needed. In my experience, the coffee break isn’t viewed negatively and is encouraged but not in excess to the point where an individual is unable to complete the assigned work duties. I agree that little break to grab coffee is ok if you're coming back to your desk to continue working on your deliverables or need to regroup while working on a challenging project. Additionally, coffee meetings are on the rise and maybe your colleagues are actually working during the periods when it looks like a break. The coffee break is like the water cooler where employees have the chance to catch-up, build and deepen our work relationships. In sum, if your manager hasn't commented on the coffee break activity then it's probably ok and I would follow direction from your management on this break.
   
Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Every employer is different and it depends on the nature of the role. Some types of jobs in some states have to be given routine breaks by law. If you’re talking about a professional job in an office environment then breaks can be looked upon as being critical to optimum productivity, as long as they’re not excessive. For example, staring at a computer screen non-stop for an entire 8-hour work day is generally seen as being unhealthy and bad for productivity. Meeting “around the water cooler” generates team cohesion and camaraderie. Lastly, many professional jobs are evaluated on productivity and performance, meaning as long as the person is meeting or exceeding productivity goals then there would be no reason to call the person out on how many coffee breaks he or she takes.
Answered by Ellen, Hiring Expert at Hospira, on Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Companies have policies that explain breaks.  Each company has different views on lunch and breaks.  I would suggest you view your company policy.  This will help you to understand your companies position on breaks and the guidelines around breaks. 

Good luck.  
Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, February 27, 2015
The culture at every employer is different.  In some cases, companies encourage employees to step away from their desks from time to time throughout the day because it can help those employees be more productive and creative.  Other cultures are more conservative and encourage a more rigid approach to taking breaks.  In any case, it is important to take a few breaks throughout the day to keep yourself refreshed and focused long term.  That being said, there are always some employees who abuse the freedom to take breaks.  In these cases, it falls upon their leadership to hold them accountable and set the correct standard.  Multiple 30 minute breaks throughout the day is excessive, but shorter breaks, less frequent breaks are fine and should be encouraged. 
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