HKS and The University of Texas at Dallas’ Center for BrainHealth are conducting a six-month study to improve the way the firm’s employees work, collaborate, and innovate, both individually and as an organization, according to a news release.
The ongoing COVID pandemic has contributed to high levels of worker burnout, even though efficiency and productivity in many industries remain high in this era of hybrid work, the release notes. The study will assess this and other factors.
“The data compiled will be confidential and used to inform our own flexible workplace policies and how we design the built environment for peak brain performance,” HKS says. Nearly 200 HKS employees are involved in the Center for BrainHealth’s BrainHealthy Workplace program, which offers online training, think tanks, and daily brain exercises over a six-month span to optimize brain health.
Dr. Upali Nanda, HKS global director of research, said the partnership with the Center for BrainHealth could be a critical tool in mapping the firm’s future, with worker wellness at the forefront. “It is particularly timely right now when we are in this era of experimentation around the workplace and are battling high levels of burnout,” Nanda said. “Understanding the tenets of brain health allows us to reframe the role of the workplace, leverage the potential of flex work experience, and focus on peak performance of our people and their ability to think, create, and innovate.”