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BREAKS

Workplace concepts such as knowing when to take a break and how long it is can be difficult for an individual living with FASD to understand. Often the expectations is that breaks will be taken when there is time and when an employee has worked a designtated number of hours. Because breaks can be a quick 15 minute paid break or a 30 minute unpaid lunch or dinner break, understanding what type of break you are taking and how long it lasts can become very confusing. 

Time management also causes conflict during breaks because employees may take a longer break than what they were assigned, pushing their coworkers' breaks back. 

One method of managing time comes from the experinece of sitting in the lobby of a restaurant waiting for a table. Because guests at a restaurant will often estimate the wait for a table as being longer or shorter than what was quoted, they are often absent when their table is ready. Restaurants have come up with the buzzing timer for restaurant guests to hold while waiting for a table. This theory is great to use in the workplace for employees who take longer breaks than they are allotted or seem to be back on shift before their scheduled break is over. 

To eliminate or work to eliminate the problem of poor time management at work, employees can purchase or be provided with a stop watch. Depending on the employee's preference and strengths, either the employer or the employee can set the stop watch for the amount of time the employee has for a break. If this process begins to single out one or two employees, recommend that they have a watch that can be used as a timer and remind the person their break time is up. 

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