The importance of “brain performance”

Well-being at work and how brain performance improves productivity and skills

The Importance Of "Brain Performance

Well-being at work: How brain performance improves productivity and skills

Nowadays, employers are always looking for new ways to attract and retain the best talent and keep everyone as productive as possible to gain market share, increase income, etc.

But how can a leader, an employer, keep their employees happy, creative, collaborative, healthy and more productive? The implementation of corporate well-being aims to respond to these challenges and to build physically and psychologically stronger individuals.

Since you have a solid business model, the right strategy, specific goals, a clear vision, a compelling goal, a bold brand, an engaging story, an appropriate marketing approach, solid sales, appropriate technology, appropriate action responsibilities and real accountability, how can you still increase the level of engagement and performance at work? Very few organizations are currently working to improve brain performance in the workplace.

Jim Collins, the author of "Good to Great," claims that you need "the right people in the right seats on your bus." However, what if you have the right people in the right seats, but half the people on your bus are not feeling well, especially when it comes to their brain performance?


When the brain is not functioning at its best and when it faces psychological weaknesses, the human being undergoes chronic or traumatic stress, anxiety, loss of interest and even depression. We can even observe physical side effects due to an unbalanced brain. The consequences for an organization can be costly.

Unfortunately, symptoms are often invisible at work until someone blows their stack at a coworker and/or until a manager realizes that one of his team members didn’t reach his KPIs because of a non-optimal or unbalanced brain. 

It is therefore essential to optimize the brains of your employees, to help them cultivate a healthy mind and body as the rest will follow.

It starts with leadership. It starts with looking outside the box and taking action to help your staff get to work. The key to improving your recruitment, retention and productivity lies in the brains of the people at the head of your organization. Then will be triggered the domino effect.

A corporate wellness program aims to improve the brain performance of managers and employees who commute to work every day.

how to manage your brain?

When we think of productivity, most of us think of putting our noses on the wheel and juggling as much as possible in as little time as possible.

Many see long hours in long periods of concentration as the mark of a good worker. But maybe it just takes the air, to represent a dedication that cannot be denied. This energy investment in optics decreases long-term productivity.

However, studies show that multitasking and constant work really spoil your productivity and your quality of work instead of improving them. If not used properly, the time we spend at work not only makes us exhausted, but even affect our productivity at work. While some of us may be forced to work those long hours and manage large workloads, there is a way, backed by science, to make these hectic days more worthwhile.


limited but repetitive focused time

Trying to move forward instead of taking strategic breaks makes you less productive. We believe that our capacity for concentration is unlimited. In fact, the human mind was not supposed to be hyper-focused for long periods of time.

So how can we hack our brains to extract the most concentration? Research by the Draugiem group, an American-Latvian IT company, is useful to apprehend this question.

Their study reveals that the brain can only focus for about 52 minutes. This means that if you are working on a task that requires a high level of concentration for more than 52 minutes, a break is necessary so that you can continue to deliver your best. And you have to take a REAL break! You must move away from the computer and / or your desktop station. 

Good opportunity to get up from your chair and take a short walk, a little stretching or some light exercise to limit the damage caused by office syndrome or chat with a colleague. It must be something other than work! Scrolling through social media or checking your inbox doesn't count, because the brain doesn't consider it a legitimate break. Save your time on social media for your lunch or waiting for transport.

Chess masters, professional musicians and world-class athletes all know the power of using breaks effectively.

trigger your dmn with effective breaks

A 1999 study by Cornell University found that when workers were reminded to take regular effective breaks, they were actually 13% more precise in their tasks. In fact, some governments intervene on the legislative level. Some countries well known for having most hours worked, such as South Korea or Japan, ironically had a low productivity rate. As a result, the Korean government recently instituted a 52-hours national work week, compared to 68 previously.

Consider that when you do nothing, your brain is still at work, performing operations that can help you. When we are not focusing, a neural circuit called the default mode network (DMN) turns on. You think you are doing nothing, when in reality this neural circuit absorbs 20% of the body's total energy.


Once engaged, the DMN works to connect the past, present and future in a unique way, recovers old memories and data, and even injects some self-awareness into your fuzzy state. As a result, sometimes when we're not focused, an "Eureka!" moment or a burst of creativity can strike. Some experts even suggest trying to deliberately enter this state.

One technique is called Positive Constructive Daydreaming (PCD). It is when one engages in low-level activity, such as light reading, looking out the window or hooking, and in doing so, entering the state of daydreaming. We think that here we can more easily evoke important memories or find new solutions to problems.



If you want to take advantage of this strategy, make a to-do list and undertake one important task after another, each in pieces of 52 minutes to an hour chunks, or for longer-term missions, on a series of them.

Finally, once you have a healthy and productive "brain routine" in place, you need to understand that your brain can be trained to be more efficient.

Research shows that everyone can increase their intellectual capital, improve their cognitive performance and exploit the immense capacity of their brain to be strengthened and rewired, even after a brain injury or brain disease.

Physical brain health is not a quick fix. To achieve gains, it takes a concerted and lasting effort, because brain performance requires continuous commitment.