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Cleaning The Right Way Makes You Smarter

Brain growth happens as a result of regular exercise; that growth is especially pronounced when the exercise includes activities requiring an acquisition of skills.

December 13, 2012
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Spark by Dr. John RateyAccording to the best-selling book, Spark, by Dr. John Ratey of Harvard Medical School and a member of the Healthy Facilities Institute (HFI) Advisory Board, brain growth happens as a result of regular exercise.

That growth is especially pronounced when the exercise includes activities requiring an acquisition of skills.

Thus, Ratey explains, learning to play the piano can make you smarter for performing algebra because developing the skills needed to play the piano creates brain connections that can be used to perform other tasks.

What does this have to do with cleaning?

Simply put: Everything.

Learning the precise and well-orchestrated movements and skills needed for cleaning and disinfection tasks that produce repeatable results — a great example is Process Cleaning for Healthy Schools (PC4HS) — builds brain cells for other activities.

Janitor MoppingThe bottom line is that, process-based cleaners and, indeed, any skilled custodial professionals, are smarter than their unskilled counterparts.

Per Dr. Ratey, for maximum brain development, you need both aerobic and skill-based exercise.

Building upon this, cleaning and learning better, faster, healthier ways of executing tasks should aid in brain growth.

So, what are you waiting for?

Grow your knowledge and get smart by getting onboard with your own specific skills training program.

Your body will be healthier, as will your bottom line, and your customers will be happier, too.

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