Self-Motivation and Productivity Experiment – The Results Are In

Bridgewater’s team of hard-working, busy professionals are always on the lookout for new methods and techniques to improve their productivity levels and, therefore, their success. We’re sure that this is a common goal in offices and industry sectors across the country.

As part of our campaign to help our candidates and staff to boost their self-motivation and improve on productivity, our Head Office team took part in a self-motivation and productivity experiment.

For one week, they were given an additional 15-minute breaks in the morning and afternoon every day. In each break, our team members had different activities to take part in. The activities included:

1. Going for a one-mile walk
2. Cycling on an exercise bike
3. Playing an interactive team game
4. Watching a funny video
5. Passing a balloon around the office while completing A-Z brain-teasers

Every staff member completed each of the break activities twice throughout the course of the week. After completing all of the activities, they were asked to fill out a questionnaire and this is what we found:

self-motivation experiment infographic

Self-motivation Experiment Results

  • 89% of employees thought that the breaks increased their productivity.
  • The top reasons given for increased productivity are:

1. Breaks made them feel more energised
2. Staff felt that they structured their time better
3. It helped them prioritise tasks
4. Breaks gave them time to clear their minds

  • 100% of employees felt that they enjoyed their work more during the break experiment week.
  • Walking and the exercise bike emerged as preferred choices for breaks.
  • 56% of employees thought that the best time for breaks were 11 am and 3 pm.
  • 100% of employees thought that having additional breaks was something that would work well in the future.
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