Four ways workplace art can boost productivity

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A body of research exists explaining how well-thought-out office art can inspire staff and increase wellbeing and productivity. Having art around you can inspire creativity. Rather than trying to artificially force people to be creative with inspirational slogans or clichéd images of achievement, genuinely impressive artworks or photography can naturally encourage it to evolve. Inspiring and interesting artwork creates talking points, stimulates discussion and encourages innovative thinking. Staring at a screen all day is a modern work curse. Having a reason to look away and to re-focus reduces fatigue, headaches and the effects of eye-strain in the long term.Regularly changing what’s on the walls or displayed in your office will encourage people to break from their screen, take a look about them, and give their eyes (and mind) a much-needed rest.Admiring artwork may also provide our brains with some distraction from the task at hand which, contrary to popular belief, is not necessarily a bad thing. Studies have shown that the daydreaming brain is actually incredibly active, engaged in a whole host of vital mental processes.What you display on the walls or the floorspace speaks volumes about your brand. Taking pride in your work environment tells staff that you care and provides them with a clear brand philosophy.

This article encouraged me to consider how artwork and other aesthetic factors can encourage productivity. Bridging the gap between art and productivity seems a lot simpler than I initially assumed after finishing this reading. Other articles that highlight material usage, materials that are suitable for sound management, can be merged, or presented as artful pieces that contribute to other measures of focus and productivity. The opportunity of strategically designed wall dividers is another way art can be incorporated into an outdoor co-work space. The exploration of sound absorbing frames or structures can serve a very beneficial purpose when it comes to collaboration and/or individual work.

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