17: Amount in minutes the most productive workers using work-tracking software DeskTime took as a break. The software firm found the best employees worked 52 minutes, then took 17-minute breaks.\n1: Occasions, per week, that employees of the town of Overtornea in Sweden could take one-hour sex breaks beginning this year, if a proposal passed council. It didn’t.\n18: Number of employees at Denver-based Flowhub, where employees are encouraged to consume marijuana edibles during breaks. Flowhub provides software for the cannabis industry.\n20: Percentage of workers who cited guilt as the reason they didn’t take breaks, according to a 2014 survey of American workplace habits. And 58% of workers said a “break room” would encourage them to pause more.\n20: Total amount in minutes proposed for workers’ weekly bathroom breaks by Maple Leaf Food in 1999 contract negotiations. The company contended “unscheduled bathroom breaks” cost the firm $2 million.\n959: Employee reports reviewed by Baylor University psychologists in 2015 to determine the best break. The results? Shorter, more frequent breaks are more energizing and motivating.\n1999: Year Cornell University researchers sent email notices to workers reminding them to take short breaks. The initiative boosted productivity by 13%.