New research from Florida University shows that the working environment can have long-term impact on employees’ performance. Both lack of stimulation and if the workplace is unclean has negative effects. The research is based on data from 4963 adults in the ages 32 to 84 from the 48 contiguous states with 47 percent male and 53 percent female. The study was published in June issue of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Joseph Grzywacz, the Norejane Hendrickson Professor of Family and Child Sciences and lead researcher on the study, concludes: “The practical issue here is cognitive decline associated with aging and the thought of, ‘if you don’t use it, you lose it,’ 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.” Source: EurekAlert
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