Workers love an environment with more art on it; studies say

It turns out, high pay and salary is not the only thing that drives an average worker. Studies find out that more artworks inside their workspace make them more productive too.

Splashes of colors and exciting curves can alter the mood of a meeting room or spark a new idea for a campaign like a light bulb on top of your head. Aside from making a bland and boring office, can artwork have a direct impact on employee productivity, better company image and spatial benefits? It seems the answer is yes.

Some people may see paintings that hang on the wall, or sculpture on empty corners are just space-fillers, something that interior decorator puts there only for the sake of it. True enough, the impact of art in the workplace is often underestimated. Many would think that it is all about just the aesthetics of the office, but, what they fail to see is the impacts of art more than what it meets the eye.

According to research, art has the power to boost creativity and reduce stress among office workers who are trapped inside the office for 8-9 hours per day. The relaxing, contemplative aspects of art can help lower the stress levels of what we all recognize can be a high-stress setting, which in return, can boost their drive to work faster and better. One team of researchers from the Exeter University’s School of Psychology found that employees who have control over the design and layout of their workspace are not only happier and healthier they are also up to 32% more productive.

It is also interesting to note the contrast of how art affects the male and the female’s brain. A study found that the impact of art on the individual employee regarding work ethic/motivation, creativity, stress-level and general well-being seems to be higher on women than on men. 80% of the male respondents all agreed that art only has a little or minor effect on their work ethic and motivation, while 54% of the female office workers recalled how art has a moderate to a significant impact on their creativity at the office.

When it comes to art as a tool for stress relief, 47% of men and 80% of the women noted that art at the office could reduce their stress-levels and 92% of the women believe that workplace art affects their general working health and wellbeing, while 71% of the men think so.

For everyone, being surrounded by art can cause good vibes, inspiration, motivation, and passion. Imagine how workers would react if their workplace is not as dull, uninspiring, bland office white walls and clutter everywhere? Of course, the environment and setting take its toll on their performance.

Artworks on the walls also ‘distract’ the workers, in a positive way. It serves as something that keeps their eyes off the computer monitor and screen, which can have adverse effects on their wellbeing.

“Longer distance views, away from computer screens or written documents, allow the eyes to adjust and re-focus, which reduces fatigue, headaches and the effects of eye strain in the long term. Views also have a positive impact on wellbeing, in part by providing a mental connection with other groups of people while in a safe space,” states a report from the World Green Building Council.

Investing in a quality art for your office and workspace is one proven useful measure of retaining staff and encouraging them to be in the room, at a time when people increasingly want to work remotely, says Alex Heath, managing director at International Art Consultants, which advises workplaces on art.

This trend will not only benefit your employees but can also improve your reputation and identity as a company. Art is one of the many concrete ways of manifesting the company’s values. Because art is relevant in the branding of a company’s image, it is also considered one of the most concrete ways of establishing a connection, as well as leaving a lasting impression both on the employees who see it day after day, and on clients who visit either once or frequently. An office’s design—from the layout, colors, lighting and decorative pieces only goes so far in identifying how a company wants to be perceived by its employees and clients.

What kind of art sells most to hospitals?

Did you know that art has a lot more scientifically-proven benefits on your health? In fact, there is a deeper reason why artworks are displayed and hanged in almost every place integral to your life—your homes, your workplace, vacant spaces, and hospitals.

More than making you feel happy, relaxed, thinking, or calm, differently themed artworks can do wonders for your mental health and overall disposition and well-being. If you think art is used in spaces as just fillers and decorations, you might be surprised that it is a lot more than that. In fact, many studies have proven the correlation of the impacts of artworks and their effects on productivity, relaxation, de-stressing, and even healing from health issues.

Numerous studies have found out that paintings and other works of art found in hospitals help patients and families in the healing process. Researchers have concluded that there are direct links between the content of images and the brain’s reaction to pain, stress, and anxiety, hospitals are considering and choosing artworks based on the evidence and giving it a higher priority than mere decoration for sterile rooms and corridors.

Research suggests patients are positively affected by nature themes and figurative art with unambiguous, positive faces that convey a sense of security and safety.

Some patients in its survey reported they were motivated to get out of bed to view the artwork. Patients with post-traumatic stress disorder and generalized anxiety disorder are reported the most significant improvement in mood.

With more and more studies showing a direct link between the content of images and the brain’s reaction to pain, stress, and anxiety, the majority of the hospitals in the United States are giving arts a higher priority than mere decoration for sterile rooms and corridors.

Since the millennium, medical facilities including hospitals, clinics, senior living residences, and dental and medical offices have started to recognize the importance of providing healing and aesthetically pleasing environments.

In 2006 a Department of Health Working Group on Arts and Health reported that the arts have ‘a clear contribution to make and offer major opportunities in the delivery of better health, wellbeing and improved experience for patients, service users and staff alike.’

Nature landscapes

According to art consultants, pieces that depict nature—be it random illustrations of scenes or local views are a hit when it comes to healthcare art. This is because art that shows a vast space can magically make a room more prominent, and more spacious, which can help sick patients relax and feel not constrained. Nature-themed artworks are also more colorful, creating a more vibrant ambiance.

Forms of Water

There’s just something about the view of the sea that is always encouraging for patients and healthcare staff alike. According to art consultants, paintings and artworks that depict seascapes, harbors, and beach scenes are also easy to sell because people love looking at any water form.

First off, the color blue is calming, and studies found that the human mind is naturally attracted to any body of water. Scientists also discover that being near the sea or the ocean makes a person more creative and calmer.

A group of researchers found that people are naturally more drawn to images with the color blue on it. By showing photographs of a variety of landscapes to a group of participants, the results significantly suggest people enjoy looking at images with blue in it more compared to those which only has greenery. The data collected show that pictures with green space received a positive response, as Ulrich has found. However, photos with both green and blue got the most favorable response of all. After all, blue and green are complementary colors.

Scenes of everyday life

Paintings that depict true-to-life scenarios, events or people are also one of the top choices for hospitals. This is one way to create a brand for the industry, especially if the artworks were commissioned by local artists. Through these artworks, a hospital can transform itself into a gallery or museum where guests can enjoy their time while waiting for their loved ones.

Abstract Images

Studies have shown that hospital rooms, hallways, and lobbies filled with abstract art can be beneficial for both the patients, their visitors, as well as its staff. According to studies, looking at abstract artworks has positive effects on the brain and body. When exposed to art, the brain relaxes and releases hormones that calm the body and nerves, making the viewer more comfortable and stress-free.

Abstract arts are also one of the most popular art themes because it is safe, open to interpretation and can serve as a conversation starter for everyone, lifting the often sad and depressing ambiance of hospitals.

How Art Innovates Tourism, Health, and Workspace – Infographic

The modern world we live in today allows art not only be viewed as an aesthetic but an integral part of life and progress. From tourism to healing and science and technology, the role and importance of art are acknowledged and used as a tool for innovation in such industries.

Art and Tourism

Some may find the concept of art tourism as a new and emerging trend, but as a matter of fact, has been used for centuries by many societies.

Art covers a big segment of the tourism industry because people around the globe travel around to visit, see wonderful things and experience the culture of another country, as well as engage in activities greatly related to art such as festivals, food, and museums.

It is considered one of the biggest trend in hospitality and tourism today. The thought of it can be quite fascinating, how can something present since the earliest centuries is a changing game in hospitality and tourism today?

As a matter of fact, the new trend is being done—in hotels and restaurants, even in airports and public transportation stations. Indeed, art is used as a tool to invite more people and draw more people into places. At the same time, art decor is not just being displayed in your hotel room for ornamental purposes, but rather as a hoteliers’ marketing strategy. According to The New York Times, installing art in the most unexpected of ways challenges guests to think more deeply about their experience at a hotel.

Ultimately, the rise of artist hotels and boutique hotels are more fast-paced today than ever. Some hotels are letting the paintings on their walls speak for themselves and be their identifying difference among others.

Art and Healthcare

Numerous studies have found out that paintings and other works of art found in hospitals help patients and families in the healing process. Researchers have concluded that there are direct links between the content of images and the brain’s reaction to pain, stress, and anxiety, hospitals are considering and choosing artworks based on the evidence and giving it a higher priority than mere decoration for sterile rooms and corridors. With more and more studies showing a direct link between the content of images and the brain’s reaction to pain, stress, and anxiety, the majority of the hospitals in the United States are giving arts a higher priority than mere decoration for sterile rooms and corridors.

Since the millennium, medical facilities including hospitals, clinics, senior living residences, and dental and medical offices have started to recognize the importance of providing healing and aesthetically pleasing environments.

Hospitals all over the world are incorporating music and art into patient care. In the distinct environment and vibes od a hospital, Arts aid in making space contribute to a sense of place that fosters confidence, comfort, and healing. The goal of Healthcare Art is to inform a comprehensive design approach to create a healing environment.

Art and the workspace

The impact of art in the workplace is often underestimated. Many would think that it is all about just the aesthetics of the office, but, what they fail to see is the impacts of art more than what it meets the eye.

Splashes of colors and interesting curves can alter the mood of a meeting room or spark a new idea for a campaign like a light bulb on top of your head. Aside from making a bland and boring office, can artwork have a direct impact on employee productivity, better company image and spatial benefits? It seems the answer is yes.

The corporate would boom better if incorporated into  art. Today, business owners are beginning to understand that displaying artwork in the workplace does more than making the office more aesthetically pleasing or impress visitors and potential clients. In fact, it can do more benefit for the company than imagined. Being surrounded by artworks and creative vibes increase an employee’s efficiency, productivity, and creativity.

According to research, art has the power to boost creativity and reduce stress among office workers who are trapped inside the office for 8-9 hours per day. The relaxing, contemplative aspects of art can help lower the stress levels of what we all recognize can be a high-stress setting, which in return, can boost their drive to work faster and better.

One team of researchers from the Exeter University’s School of Psychology found that employees who have control over the design and layout of their workspace are not only happier and healthier they are also up to 32% more productive.

When it comes to art as a tool for stress relief, 47% of men and 80% of the women noted that art at the office could reduce their stress-levels and 92% of the women believe that workplace art affects their general working health and wellbeing, while 71% of the men think so. The brain is programmed to feel inspired whenever they see impressive pictures or paintings. This is why motivational quotes often come with pictures of magnificent sunsets, towering trees, and mountains, or feats of athleticism.

The inspiration that one feels upon looking at art unlocks creative potential, helping to produce and generate innovative ideas. Innovative ideas, in turn, lead to new business practices and promotional campaigns, which ultimately create economic growth.

At the same time, art helps connect with clients. Since art is considered a universal language which connects people with feelings and different interpretations, it can be a common ground for you and your clients.

Art encompasses life in all its aspects. Not only in aesthetics but in a way, the quality of life and the kind of world we live in is affected, influenced by arts. Arts serves the purpose of beauty, as well as complexity in its entirety. We see how art gives room for science and technology to improve. How travelers travel the world in search of arts, how art helps hospital patients to recover and how workers improve their quality of work when surrounded by art.

It is crucial to recognize the important role that arts play in the positive and healthy tourism development of any society. Private institutions, as well as the government, should prioritize and develop strategies for partnership between arts, tourism and economic development because it is key to foster a strong tourism destination.