We’ve all heard and/or experienced how artwork can inspire creativity. But, what about productivity? According to one source, art can unlock serious potential in the office.
Drew Hendricks, a contributor at Forbes, recently discussed how artwork can influence productivity in business. It’s an interesting concept and one we wanted to dive into further because, as productivity enthusiasts, we love hearing about ways business environments can influence change and satisfaction.
Now we all know that art encompasses so many different mediums, so which ones are best when it comes to increasing productivity and creativity in the office? According to Hendricks, displaying mounted pieces on walls in offices, entryways, reception areas, conference rooms and common areas will set the tone for innovation and inspiration throughout the entire establishment.
There are many different advantages that come with viewing mounted artwork throughout the day. Some examples listed in Hendricks’ article include the following:
Art inspires and unlocks creative potential
The inspiration that one feels upon looking at art unlocks creative potential, helping to generate innovative ideas. Innovative ideas in turn lead to new business practices and promotional campaigns, which ultimately create economic growth.
Since our start, AccelaWork has been working with clients in many different ways. In particular though, we have helped many companies improve processes that are outdated, stale or simply in need of transformation. One of the greatest challenges that accompanies this type of change is unlocking fresh perspective. Don’t get us wrong–creativity and innovative thinking is bouncing off the walls in every business. Sometimes however, when a task is always completed in the same way and employees are expected to maintain the project in the same way, it can get difficult to think outside the box.
Art helps connect with clients
There is something to be said about making an environment warm and welcoming. And let’s be honest, a room with four white, blank walls doesn’t come to mind when we imagine sitting in a room comfortably. When clients feel at home in your office, there is the great potential for a strong level of connection. Perhaps they’ll be more open to ideas seeing as though creativity is floating all around them. Best of all, you’ll also have an easy ice breaker if necessary — just talk about a particular piece of artwork on the wall and the conversation will begin to flow.
Art affects the atmosphere of a room
Hendricks suggests having photographs and paintings that generate a sense of calm. So consider hanging a beautiful landscape or black and white photo that depicts nature at its best. Doing so will help relax employees and clients alike.
Art improves employee experiences
83 percent of the employees felt that artwork was important in the work environment. Of those employees, 73 percent also said that their perceptions of their workplace and their work experiences would change if the art were removed.
There’s not much you can argue with here. If the difference between a happy employee and discontented one is a matter of hanging a portrait, then why not give it a try? You may find that a piece of artwork is unhelpful or distracting, but in that case, simply reconsider your choice. Perhaps even ask for your employees’ opinion when choosing what to display. In the end, it’s better to at least try right?
Art can be used to promote your brand
According to Hendricks:
Images of your company throughout the years, for example, often evoke a slight feeling of nostalgia in viewers, as well as emphasize the longevity of your company.
Increasing productivity in the office not only helps business, but boosts employee satisfaction as well. Here on The Methodology Blog, we’ve discussed so many different ways that individuals and companies can foster workflow improvement. Today, is yet another post to add to the list. If you are looking for ways to increase productivity in your office, consider reaching out to our experts. As a company, we strive to bring best solutions to our clients and provide tailored service that fits exactly what you need.