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Brain Health and Peak Performance in the Workplace

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Susan Chung

Overview

Part of an ongoing series about pervasive feelings of uncertainty brought about by COVID-19, in "Brain Health and Peak Performance as a Vital Sign of the Workplace – Part 1" HKS Research shares preliminary findings from their involvement with the BrainHealthy Workplace™. Observations show acoustics may have a strong connection to achieving peak performance. Other influential factors include process, support and minimal distractions. Initial findings confirm the connection between chronic multi-tasking and distracted, shallow thinking, making individuals more prone to error, brain atrophy and chronic stress. While 43% of employees surveyed indicated that they frequently multitask, research indicates the practice hinders fluid intelligence and creates unnecessary obstacles to reaching peak performance.

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"We do not work in silos but work best when we work together with shared understanding. The awareness and intentionality of these brain health practices enable us to not only improve our effectiveness but also build empathy towards others."– Susan Chung, Sr. Research Program Manager, HKS
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