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.