A dull, drab, and overly-plain office is rarely good for perception, motivation, productivity and overall performance. A sleek, clean, almost clinical look may work for some fields such as the medical industry, but for most it’s a sure-fire way to make the working day that bit more unbearable for those charged with spending eight or more hours a day plugging away within the lifeless space you have created. In order to stimulate the senses and increase the performance of your workforce, a little colour can go a long way. We have discussed the benefits of aesthetic additions and in particular colour a few times in the past, but we are yet to discuss one highly important aspect of this discussion as a whole – the addition of actual artwork into an office environment.

We refer here less to the cheesy motivational posters and quotes that lined the walls of offices in decades past, but rather artwork in the more traditional sense. There are numerous benefits to adding some life to your office environment in this manner, such as the promotion of creativity, the alleviation of stress, the creation of aesthetically-pleasing focal points and an overall uptick in productivity.

However with so many styles and colour schemes to choose between, selecting the right artwork to best compliment your office space, branding, and workforce can be a more complicated task than you may expect, so what are the major points to consider?

Budget is of course a consideration here, and when purchasing artwork as a company asset you may be well served by professional advice, but for those simply aiming to spruce up their office environment, make a statement and improve upon the experience of their workforce, there are many ways to achieve this via the addition of artwork without breaking the bank.

First off, art in the workplace can say a lot about your company culture and greatly impact upon the perception of visitors, staff, and clients alike. As such, it is important to ensure that your chosen artwork ties in with your company branding, creating a complimentary space that works well for your industry. Choose colours, styles and even scenes that say something about your company and its goals, and you will soon notice that this subtle nod towards your ambitions is picked up on by those who visit your premises, thereby improving their perception of your company as a whole.

While the primary goal of artwork in the office is to provide colour and an aesthetically-pleasing touch, don’t go too far and fill your office with intricate and distracting pieces. Easy-on-the-eye is the aim here; nothing too much, nothing too little.

Often the best approach is to seek the input of your staff, as they will spend the most time in the space and will likely have a solid understanding of your company and its culture. Incorporating their views into the selection process is therefore the best way to ensure a good fit. This will also demonstrate a concern for their happiness and wellbeing, as well as showing that you value their opinion, all of which will boost morale and by extension, productivity.

Many office design firms will offer assistance on the addition of artwork during the consultation process, and it generally pays to listen to this advice. It may seem like a minor addition, but a few pieces of art really can work wonders in terms of livening up the office environment, improving visitor perception, and boosting staff performance; to be honest it’s somewhat difficult to see a downside.

Sam Bonson

Sam is an aspiring novelist with a passion for fantasy and crime thrillers. He is currently working as a content writer, journalist & editor as he continues to expand his horizons.
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