Art in The Work Place

Push by Sonbok

For most when you hear the words Art and Work, we instantly think of this!

The sad part you are fully in the right to think this as you may be looking at one of these posters as you read this right now from your cubical.  DON’T GET CAUGHT!

Owners and Managers don’t realize the impact art can have on motivation and the overall performance of their team.  Research by Exeter University’s School of Psychology found that people working in enriched spaces (decorated with art or plants) were 17% more productive than those in lean spaces.

Now for some of us 17% may not seem like a lot but think about it this way. 17% of a single 8-hour work day equals 1.36 hours. If you have a staff of say 5 people and you can increase their productivity by 17% that means your company, we will get 6 hours and 48 minutes of additional work done EVERY SINGLE DAY!  Which means they just saved the need for a full extra person by just investing in art for their office.

Now before you jump to thinking this study must have been done on all women let me stop you in your tracks buddy!

A study done by Cass Business School explored the perceptions of employees towards art in the workplace. Both male (64%) and female (73%) respondents agreed that the design of their workplace effects their work day. Now here was what caught my attention! Male respondents not only rated art (39%) as one of the most important elements, but they gave art a higher importance compared to female respondents. Only 17% of women named art as a crucial component of interior design. 

Ladies take note men love art in their offices!! So next time you are trying to figure out what to get you boyfriend, husband, or male co-worker maybe think about a canvas print from!

The last piece of data I wanted to share on this subject was one that really caught my attention, creativity.  In the same study by Cass Business School 80% of the male respondents agreed that art has a minor effect on their work ethic/motivation; but all of the female respondents agreed that it has some effect on them. Specifically, 54% of women acknowledged that art has a moderate to big effect on their creativity at the office (47% of men) and 80% of the women agreed that art at the office could reduce their stress-levels (66% of the men). In a new business world environment where creativity can be the difference between keeping your job or not this is something to pay close attention to.

To summarize all of this for you let me close with this.  The art on your walls is more than just color or inspirational sayings.  It is a tool to help motivate people to do more, and a look glass into your companies’ culture.  As you can now see from the data above the investment in art is one with amazing ROI (Return on Investment) for your company and your employees. 

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Wishing You Inspiration & Creativity,

Elena Sonbok McMillan 


Thank you to the following data sources for this article!