Most business owners know that around 40-50% of their total costs relate to employees. There are wages, insurances, payroll tax (once you hit the threshold), provision for entitlements etc.
This article from AHRI highlights four other areas where staff are costing you money – because time is money and time not working during business hours costs you money.
A client recently has also had experiences of staff not following process that has cost the business in terms of lost income and resources to audit what actually has happened.
This article emphasises the costs yet it misses a very good point: what benefit is there of those breaks? Do short breaks allow brains to refresh and refocus?
If you are concerned about breaks then please focus on whether the required work is being done. As long as productivity is high, then you have little to worry about.
What should you do?
1. Clarify what is expected and monitor delivery of those levels and quality of work
2. Avoid getting hung up on breaks. As long as work is done and productivity is high, then as they say “the job’s done”
3. Tune in to frequency and length of breaks. Workers starting to take longer breaks may be telling you something else is going on