Your power suit might ac­tu­ally be weak­en­ing your chances of pro­mo­tion. Go ca­sual to se­cure a cog­ni­tive sharp­ener

Men's Health (UK) - - Agenda -

Dressing for the job you want is an old of­fice trope: a smart suit, we’ve long been led to be­lieve, will help you climb the ca­reer lad­der. We may have re­cently lauded the tie’s re­turn to form in the sar­to­rial stakes – and, in a so­cial set­ting, there’s no smarter ac­ces­sory – but some T-shirt-wear­ing sci­en­tists now be­lieve that your per­fect half-wind­sor knot is con­strict­ing your work­place progress.

For your next pro­mo­tion-wor­thy pre­sen­ta­tion, the in­tel­li­gent op­tion is to adopt the ath­leisure look of the Sil­i­con Val­ley start-up ex­ec­u­tives. Ac­cord­ing to a re­cent study in Neu­ro­ra­di­ol­ogy, the jugu­lar com­pres­sion caused by your neck­tie is stran­gling your brain­power. Ger­man re­searchers ran MRI scans on both tie-wear­ing and bare-necked vol­un­teers, and recorded a 7.5% re­duc­tion in blood flow to the brain in those who were knot­ted up.

Un­sur­pris­ingly, any­thing that stops the flow of nu­tri­ents and oxy­gen to your brain is bad news for idea gen­er­a­tion and quick, crit­i­cal think­ing. Fur­ther­more, specialists at the New York Eye and Ear In­fir­mary re­vealed neck­ties can in­crease pres­sure in­side your eyes and linked ha­bit­ual tie-wear­ing to long-term dam­age of your op­tic nerves.

If your of­fice dress code of­fers some wig­gle room, this is your ex­cuse to ditch the tie-pinned dogma and give your ca­reer some breath­ing space. Try pair­ing your navy suit with a fresh, white crew neck for a stylish tran­si­tion, then start mak­ing de­signs on that man­age­ment role. It’s time you loos­ened up.


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