It seems self-evident that a well-designed office space can have a positive impact on employees and staff productivity.
Research by Exeter University’s School of Psychologyfound that people who work in spaces that are decorated with art or plants are 17% more productive than those who work in spaces that are bare and functional.
Art provides a talking point within a room, affects the mood of a space and can reduce stress.
Art in the work place – a trend worth following
Despite this, not many corporates invest a lot of time and energy into exploring the positive benefits having art in their workspaces could have on their employees.
David Seinker, Founder and CEO of The Business Exchange (TBE) is an advocate for including creative pieces in shared workspaces as a way to boost both the overall look of an area as well as boost employee morale. He explains:
“Even in the digitally connected world, people still spend significant time at the office. To this end, they want a place that moves beyond the cubicle-centred approach of the 80s and 90s, whether it be a co-working space or a corporate office block.”
Art enhances work place interactions
And even though co-working spaces such as TBE do address this to a certain extent, many of these sites and corporate offices are still uninspiring when it comes to pieces of art. Regardless of whether that is a painting, a mural, or even a sculpture.
Harvard studies have found that art in the workplace promotes social interactions and productivity. It elicits an emotional response, facilitates personal connection-making, enhances the environment, and fosters learning.
Huffington Post Australia found that the average person will spend 13 years of their lives at work. Perhaps it is time to change the way we think about office spaces.
Learn from co-working spaces
It’s time that we start thinking differently about staff and their relationship with their workspaces. Employers should start looking to inspire their office workers by creating dynamic and aesthetically pleasing decisions that will ultimately improve their job satisfaction.
Co-working spaces have been at the forefront of embracing this trend. Seinker, for one, is passionate about art. TBE has partnered with both established and emerging local artists.
Industry leaders are reaping the benefits
High-value pieces by William Kentridge, and Willem Boshoff, as well as other artists from all over the world, adorn their shared workspaces.
“I have always wanted to create a space that is both functional and inspiring to our members. Art is so much more than something that gets put on a wall. It uplifts the mood and results in a unique environment that is easily distinguished from a typical office,” says Seinker.
Internationally, many successful companies have a long history of investing in art. Deutsche Bank has the biggest collection of corporate art with 60 000 pieces across 900 offices worldwide.
In addition, Microsoft and Google have sought to differentiate themselves by investing heavily in making their offices more conducive to creativity.