How Your Brain Works: Part 1 Introduction

Wellbeing, Health and Safety: How Your Brain Works at Work – Part 1, Introduction


Have you ever wondered how your brain works? In this series of videos, you’ll learn key facts about how your brain works so you can get the best out of yourself or your team.

Sarah says:

‘Most of you will have been at work and not completed a project on time. And you’ve wondered why on earth you didn’t start earlier. Many of you have been in a meeting when you should have been listening, but you were sending an email and didn’t hear your name the first time it was called. If you’re like me, you’ve scolded yourself for not being able to do two things at once.

It’s not your fault. It’s your brain.’


How Your Brain Works at Work: An Introduction

Understanding how your brain works at work can revolutionize your productivity and management skills. This knowledge is crucial in today’s fast-paced work environments where multitasking and quick decision-making are the norms.

Your brain is an incredibly complex organ, and at work, it’s constantly processing information, making decisions, and solving problems. By understanding the neuroscience behind your daily tasks, you can optimize your performance and wellbeing.

Cognitive Functions at Work

At work, your brain relies heavily on cognitive functions like memory, attention, and executive function. Memory helps you retain and retrieve information, attention allows you to focus on tasks, and executive function enables you to plan and execute tasks efficiently.

Stress and the Brain

Work-related stress can significantly impact how your brain works. Chronic stress affects memory, decision-making, and overall mental health. It’s essential to manage stress to maintain optimal brain function.


Neuroplasticity is the brain’s ability to adapt and change. This is crucial for learning new skills and adapting to new work environments. Engaging in continuous learning and challenging your brain can enhance neuroplasticity.

Improving Brain Function at Work

To improve how your brain works at work, consider the following tips:

  1. Healthy Diet: Nutrition plays a significant role in brain health. Foods rich in antioxidants, good fats, vitamins, and minerals provide energy and aid in protecting against brain diseases.
  2. Regular Exercise: Physical activity increases blood flow to the brain and encourages the growth of new brain cells.
  3. Adequate Sleep: Sleep is vital for memory consolidation and cognitive function.
  4. Mindfulness and Meditation: These practices reduce stress and improve attention and executive function.

By understanding how your brain works at work, you can implement strategies to boost productivity, enhance your mental health, and create a more efficient work environment.

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