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Art In The Office & Increased Employee Motivation|
Copyright © 2005, Sue Kennedy
Does offering employees a pleasing work environment make a
difference? Or is it just another excuse to spend money?
Essentially it is all about enriching the work environment,
and if you are wondering why you need to bother then I'd like
to offer you three reasons:
o It create better attitudes
o It improves morale
o It enhances the employees commitment to the organization
There is a fair bit of research in this area looking at the
concept of improving employee motivation from different angles.
For example during March 2002 Arts & Business released the
results of a MORI commissioned survey. The research investigated
attitudes towards the Art's and their effect on the working
behaviors among business leaders and the general public.
The results revealed that 53% of the workers surveyed felt
that if their employer were to provide opportunities to enjoy
artistic activities they would be motivated in their work. 95%
of business owners surveyed said they felt that motivation is
'essential' or 'very important' in directly driving company
Employees can participate in community related art projects or
the employer could sponsor an initiative, and I'll cover that
in a future articles but for now I'd like to focus on why art
should be used to enhance the working space, or put another way
using art to break up plain walls, and relieve the potential
visual boredom for the employee.
Open place offices are very commonplace nowadays, and to some
extent have diminished the employee's sense of having a private
space of their own that reflects their personality. Thus the
art in their view becomes more important especially if they
don't have a window nearby.
I even heard of a company that has produced space dividers for
open plan workplaces that are limited edition prints on mesh
by British contemporary artists.
Studies by BOSTI a US based workplace design consultancy make
it clear there is a relationship between how people experience
the offices they work in and their productivity levels on job
including job performance, job satisfaction and their ability
to communicate with each other.
We all react both consciously and unconsciously to the area in
which we live and work, our environment has a profound effect
on feelings, behaviors, general health issues and productivity.
Using art in the office is only one aspect of workplace design,
but it is one that should not be overlooked.
Having art in the workplace is also a way of encouraging
creative thinking and of course there is the potential of a
Public Relations spin off. A survey carried out by ICM and
Art & Business found that 73% of employees wanted more art in
the workplace, claiming it made them feel more 'motivated' and
Further research carried out by International Art Consultants
Ltd “indicates that companies regard art as an integral part of
a motivating and productive working environment, and that more
organisations are actively seeking to maximise the benefits of
art within the context of their broader business philosophy.”
So it makes sense to create a pleasing ambiance for everyone who
uses the work space, after all there are enough other variables
in business life. Let's do something about the ones we can
Writer's Resource Box:
About the author: Sue Kennedy, LRPS & LBIPP
Sue Kennedy is an UK based photographer specialising in outdoor
photography and works on commission for companies & individuals
as well as shooting for picture libraries. To purchase from
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