Can Art Boost Productivity?

The Art of Design?

How do you feel about your employees popping open a new tab and taking a look at Facebook during the working day? We imagine that, unless they are your social media marketing department, you’d be none too pleased. We’re used to the theory that distractions are bad things in the work place and as such office fit outs have reflected this stark, get-on-with-your-job theory within work space design.

But what if distraction was a good thing – if it helped boost morale and increase productivity?

Dr Knight, a specialist in the psychology of working environments at the University of Exeter, believes that far from having a negative impact, some forms of distraction have positive outcomes: “If you enrich a space people feel much happier and work better; and a very good way of doing this is by using art.”

Knight arrived at this conclusion after carrying out studies whereby he placed the same set of workers into three different work environments for an hour at a time. When the workers were in an environment where they not only had plants and art around them, but where they could also choose where the plants and the art should be placed, there was a whopping 30% increase in productivity.

Can you imagine how much more your company could achieve if your employees were 30% more productive? And you could achieve this increase by altering the little touches within your office? We think this is a great idea and we actively encourage all our clients to include aspects of greenery in their fit outs and refurbishments. And now we’re off into bustling Brighton to have a look at some inspirational pieces of local art to enhance the commercial interiors of our new projects.

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