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  • Why Your Employees Are Unproductive — and How to Fix It

Why Your Employees Are Unproductive — and How to Fix It

December 7th, 2016|0 Comments

In sticking with recent trends, many office managers have renovated their buildings to feature an open floor plan. While this approach has a number of benefits when compared to traditional

  • 7-alternatives-to-smart-drugs Whether in the news, online, or in popular media, we have probably all heard of ways of enhancing our cognitive abilities through nootropics, also called “smart drugs”. But there has been some controversy concerning the moral, ethical, and health implications of their use. As research advances, new smart drugs are discovered or created in labs. Their use does not show any signs of slowing. But with research come advancements in the alternatives to smart drugs. Many people are turning to these alternatives to replace or to enhance the benefits of drugs. But are they any less morally and ethically ambiguous? Are they any safer? Are they better for productivity? We will look at seven alternatives to smart drugs and see what the research tells us. Pathways to cognitive enhancement 1. Brain stimulation This may sound like the stuff of science fiction, but many people are trying to improve cognitive functioning through electrical currents and lasers directed toward their brains. Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) used electrodes placed on the scalp to pass a low electrical current through the brain. Various studies have shown that tDCS can improve accuracy, performance, learning, and working memory. Researchers need to do more research on the long-term effects of this treatment and more specifics about how to make the treatment work accurately, but beginning research shows that it has potential to increase cognitive functioning. In transcranial laser stimulation, also called low-level light therapy, pulses of light provided by lasers or LEDs are directed at the entire head or a specific part of the skull. The theory behind this intervention is that light in the red and near-infrared regions of the spectrum can pass through the skull and brain. The energy from the lights activates cells and creates growth and repair functions in the brain. Studies have shown that laser or light stimulation can increase attention, accuracy, and memory. 2. Neurofeedback Using real-time feedback about brain activity, neurofeedback can help people focus on certain tasks in order to achieve higher activity levels in certain areas of the brain. Various studies have shown that neurofeedback provides enhancements in perception, motor skills, and memory. Neurofeedback has turned into a growing business as companies use it to reach “peak performance.” Olympic athletes, NASA astronauts, US soldiers, musicians, poker players, surgeons, business executives, and many more groups of people have all used neurofeedback to target certain areas of the brain. 3. Hyperbaric oxygen Hyperbaric oxygen requires that a person lay down in a sealed chamber while they breathe in pressurized air containing 100% oxygen. While there are few studies available, one study showed that hyperbaric oxygen increased memory and cognitive performance. [fullwidth background_color=

Are These 7 Alternatives To Smart Drugs Any Better for Productivity?

December 6th, 2016|0 Comments

Whether in the news, online, or in popular media, we have probably all heard of ways of enhancing our cognitive abilities through nootropics, also called “smart drugs”. But there has

  • 8 Ways to Help Your Employees Manage Their Workload

8 Ways to Help Your Employees Manage Their Workload

December 5th, 2016|1 Comment

In the modern-day workplace, a high level of productivity is what managers expect from their employees. The bar is set high because they have to work in an on-demand society.

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  • 6 of the Best “Alternative” Bonding Exercises to Boost Team Morale

6 of the Best “Alternative” Bonding Exercises to Boost Team Morale

With Christmas just around the corner, discussion will undoubtedly be coming to the traditional office party. How low will the bar tab reach? Will it top last year’s? It’s always

  • How Increasing Office Morale Can Benefit Your Company

How Increasing Office Morale Can Benefit Your Company

Happy employees are crucial to the success of your company - improved morale leads to a more productive workforce. So how can you strike the balance between making your workplace

  • Starting To Hire Gen Z? Here's How To Handle It

Starting To Hire Gen Z? Here’s How To Handle It

Generation Z could technically be classified as Millenials. But since older Millenials are now moving to the suburbs and starting families, the younger set has been dubbed Generation Z. Born

  • HR, Corporate Culture and the Battle of Political Correctness

HR, Corporate Culture and the Battle of Political Correctness

The world is becoming a more global environment. Workplaces exist without walls, individuals roam through borders, and true progress is seeing a world of humanity more than individual nations. There

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