Working in dull and dirty environment can hamper your brain!

Working in dull and dirty environment can hamper your brain!

Is your workplace dirty, dull, boring and unhygienic? If yes, then it’s time to renovated your office and make it healthy and interesting place as a new study has warned that spending long hours in dull and dirty can adversely affect your brain. According to researchers, working at such places can hamper memory leading to decline in reasoning ability, attention, and language capabilities.

A team of researchers from the Florida State University conducted the research and found that unhygienic and dull environment has a long-term negative effect on the cognitive functioning of employees.

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

“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,” he explained.

For the study, researchers observed 4,963 adults ages between 32 and 84 years from 48 states in the USA. Nearly 47 participants were male while others were females. Study authors analysed the workplace of every participant and obtained their cognitive function data along with executive functioning skills like completing a given task and how they use the information for similar tasks in future.

It was found that complex job that involved learning of new skills and had several different challenged led to stronger cognitive functioning especially for women. Another important thing that was revealed in the study was that dull and dirty environment led to cognitive decline for both men and women. Participants also suffered memory issues, saw a decline in executive functioning skills, and their decision-making ability was affected badly.

Thus, employees should ensure working in clean environment, suggested study authors.

The study appeared in the journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

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