Can you increase business productivity with a bucket of paint? Today’s guest post is by Mark S. Brown and discusses the role of color in getting more done at work.
It’s true we’ve covered the role of color in the office before. But Mark’s piece looks specifically at the color yellow, with some interesting links. Take a look below!
Wouldn’t it be great if you would become more productive by painting the walls yellow? I recently read an article on 6 Totally Strange But Effective Productivity Hacks. One of the six encouraged us to surround ourselves with yellow.
According to the article, filling your office with the color yellow can help you concentrate. This sunny color decreases the production of melatonin, the hormone which makes you sleepy. Supposedly putting yellow objects and furnishings around your office can keep you more alert and awake, leading to better productivity and renewed focus.
My curiosity led me to investigate how yellow was being used in workplace design. Another article I found claimed yellow is associated with intellect and the expression of thoughts.
Do you think it really makes a difference? If it did, I would imagine all offices becoming yellow. We all want more productivity, right?
Maybe the reason we don’t see all the offices in the world decorated in yellow is because different colors impact the environment in different ways. For example, orange is a color of adventure which inspires and creates enthusiasm. It is optimistic and sociable and suggests affordability. Who would have known?
If yellow does not seem to be working for you, I would suggest getting back to basics by defining smart goals that are linked to your passion and have your full attention. If you need some help with making the basics effective, lets talk about it. If you decide you want to try yellow walls, call a painter!
The skeptical manager may have difficulty believing that something as simple as the color of the walls could improve productivity. But Mark is onto something when he notes that “if yellow doesn’t work for you…get back to basics by defining your goals.” If your goal is to help your team get more done, then giving them the authority to control their environment is a key step.
After all, someone may prefer yellow, blue, or even the great outdoors. The less we focus on control and the more we focus on results, the better the outcome for everyone.
Mark S. Brown is an executive coach who is passionate about personal development. He works to make a difference in people’s lives by empowering them with skills and knowledge that will improve their lives, the lives of their families, and the communities they live in. Mark has been coached, mentored, and certified by John Maxwell and his team. This coaching certification allows Mark to successfully coach and train individuals, groups, organizations, and companies.