It’s time to dispel two myths:
1) Brain training games do not work – The games may yield improvements in the narrow task being trained, but this does not transfer to broader skills like the ability to read or do arithmetic, or to other measures of intelligence.
Now that we’ve got that cleared up, as employers and thought leaders of the working world we should try to understand how we could maximise the most of our brains. The better we utilise them, the more advantageous it could be to our lives and therefore to the work we apply ourselves to.
Scientists have found that musical training in young children has a significant effect on brain development and that musicians and that musicians scored a higher IQ result than non-musicians (these studies are summarized in Schellenberg 2006 and Norton et al. 2005).
So should we take the time to find out who in our workforce has a musical flair? It’s worth finding out either way given that they are some of the few people who can sing, play, and think at the same time to communicate and connect with others. If we can use these skills and adapt them to our businesses, maybe we can communicate and connect with our customers in a way that makes us stand out.
In addition, those who embark on regular physical exercise also benefit from enhanced cognitive performance. Scientists last year reported that as you age your brain tends to deteriorate in terms of its ability to function. Keeping physically active can help prevent that decline.
Encourage your staff to manage their time better so that they can spend more of their time taking care of their brains. You never know, it won’t just benefit them but you and those they work with.