The Brain-Friendly Workplace

Rowman & Littlefield. Oct. 2022. 240p. ISBN 9781538159538. $26. BUS
People are leaving the workforce for many reasons, but what if they simply weren’t wired for the job they had? There’s also the possibility that their employer could have done more to foster an environment ideal for optimal brain functionality. That’s the premise for this book, which neuroscientist Fabritius (The Leading Brain) describes as her “science-backed, field-tested blueprint” for reinventing work. She provides a comprehensive introduction to how neuroscience affects people in the workplace and introduces the concept of a “neurosignature,” a mix of four neurotransmitters and hormones that work together to provide a baseline for one’s personality and thoughts. This eventually affects how one responds to stress and information acquired on the job and relates to coworkers. She does an excellent job in providing observations on perceived gender roles and even dietary suggestions for improving mental capacity. The book is also infused with many “aha” moments, illustrative sketches, and sections with titles like “Mind Benders,” “Brain Boosts,” and “Mental Breaks.” Each chapter includes an interview with either a medical expert or a business leader to provide additional insight.
VERDICT A compelling read for anyone interested in understanding how brain chemistry can improve job performance and workplace satisfaction.
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