More than one in four Employees in Germany, works without a break. The answer of the Federal Ministry of labour, on the request of the left party in the Bundestag. As a reason, the majority of respondents (63 percent) mentioned too much work, and that the break did not fit into the sequence. More than a quarter (26 per cent) claimed to just want to not break. 14 percent and saved the rest for a previous evening.

most common break failures according to the figures in the hospitality industry, the care sector and in the education area. In the case of employees between 15 and 29 years of age, the proportion is 31 percent higher than the overall average. The Ministry of labour refers to the data of the working hours survey in 2017, the Federal Institute for work protection and working medicine (Baua).

breaks are not only important for health but also for productivity, says psychologist Johannes Wendsche of the Baua. This would have shown by numerous surveys. “The longer you work, the more unproductive you become.” Especially in a high-stress breaks are particularly important. “Even short breaks can help.”

According to the labour law, Employees are not allowed to work longer than six hours without a break. You at least 30 minutes in the rule. “Many employers ignore the obvious, their legal protection and duties of Care, and health to the hazards of their employees in purchasing,” criticized Jessica Tatt of the left group.