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 of 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.
Art in boosting Workers’ Productivity & Creativity
For everyone, being surrounded by art can cause good vibes, inspiration, motivation and passion. Imagine how would workers react if their workplace is not as boring, uninspiring bland office with old-painted white walls and clutter everywhere? Of course the environment and setting take its toll on their performance.
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’re 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 greater on women than on men.
As a matter of fact, 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 big effect 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.
Innovative art pieces are also found to be inspiring and motivating when it comes to brand new ideas, different perspectives and fresh concepts. Art in the workplace simply gives the message to employees that their employer values creativity, and this encourages employees to themselves innovate.
After surveying over 800 employees, it is revealed that more and more companies have started integrating arts into their workspaces, which sends a good message of how business owners look after their workers through investing in art. Aside from productivity and creativity boost, this practice also shows broadened employee appreciation and enhanced morale, and better leader-employee relationships.
Identity of the Company: Art makes your business look good—literally and figuratively.
Incorporating art into your business helps “shape the company’s unique style, spirit, and character, and convey that character to employees, partners, clients, and prospective clients.” This move does not only mean its better for your employees, but for your clients and customers as well.
Art is one of the many concrete ways of manifesting the company’s values. Because art is important in the branding of a company’s image, it is also considered one of the most concrete way 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.
It shows a management, or leaders who care enough about the employee experience, as well as their clients and customers’ experiences to maintain a space that will make people good and expressive in the place they spend most of their days.
Art Improves Spatial Properties of an area
For offices with a large and open floor plan, art is effective in making up for the blank space, and in a sense, define it. Feature walls can be converted into galleries, while kinetic sculpture can be used to take advantage of high ceilings and murals.
Art is also used as focal points for lounge areas, as well as other third spaces where people meet up and gather.
Because Art in the Workplace is the trend
It is simple: art is cool right now. There’s a brand new focus on creating fun, exciting work environments to entice the best and brightest employees. All those classic, serious and bare office walls are out, those creative and innovative workspaces are in.