Published On: Sat, Jun 18th, 2016

Boring and unclean workplace can impede your brain



If you think your office is dull, boring and unsanitary then there is the possibility that spending lengthy time at this kind of workplace can slow down your brain work, directing to a turn down in logic, memory, attention and language capabilities.

The researchers from the Florida State University have stated that both shortage of inspiration in the workplace and dirty working atmosphere can have a long-standing cognitive influence on employees.

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Joseph Grzywacz, who is the lead author and the Norejane Hendrickson Professor of family and child sciences, stated that “Psychologists say that the brain is a muscle, while industrial hygienists point to chemicals in the work environment that may cause decline,”

He further stated that “There are real things in the workplace that can shape cognitive function: some that you can see or touch, and others you can’t. We showed that both matter to cognitive health in adulthood,”

Grzywacz and his team got cognitive work information from working adults taking part in the “Midlife in the United States” research study added.

Their findings had two main takeaways: One was that larger occupational difficulty that is the learning of innovative skills and taking on new challenges which resulted in stronger cognitive performance particularly for women as they aged.

The second consequence was that men and women who had jobs that bare them to a grimy working environment saw a cognitive decline.

Grzywacz further continued by saying that “Both of these issues are important when we think about the long-term health of men and women,”

The team examined the data to inspect individuals’ workplaces and their skill to uphold and afterward use detail they learned.

As well, they moreover searched at their managerial functioning skills, for example, their capability to accomplished tasks, handle time and pay attention.

Moreover, the data involved reactions from participants inquiring them regarding any memory problems they were confronting.

Grzywacz further stated that “The practical issue here is cognitive decline associated with ageing and the thought of, ‘if you don’t use it, you lose it,’”

He continued by saying that “Designing jobs to ensure that all workers have some decision-making ability may protect cognitive function later in life, but it’s also about cleaning up the workplace,”

The data involved 4,963 adults ages 32 to 84 from the 48 contiguous states. The sample was 47 percent male and 53 percent female.

Though, the research study, presented in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, is important as it illustrated both can perform an imperative role in long-standing cognitive well-being.


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Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.