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Experts say occasional short breaks while working can improve productivity. Illustration by Troy Becker

Give your brain a break: So-called ‘microbreaks’ good if kept in check, experts say

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Fargo - Texting with a friend, playing a quick game of Candy Crush or checking Facebook. Many employers see personal smartphones as a temptation and distraction in the workplace

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New research conducted by a doctoral student at Kansas State University, however, suggests allowing employees to take smartphone microbreaks may actually boost productivity.

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