How Art Makes a Difference in the Office

Art moves people. Even so, we often find it easy to ignore the art that makes up the backdrop of our lives. Take the artwork in your office, for example. If someone asked you to describe the art in your office right now, could you do it? It might be more of a challenge than you think. However, even if you aren’t consciously aware of what’s hanging on the walls, working in an art-friendly office can improve your mood and work performance.

Art Reduces Stress

According to a Forbes article, "art in the workplace helps businesses address key challenges such as reducing stress (78% agree), increasing creativity (64% agreed) and encouraging expression of opinions (77% agreed)." Stress often creeps up on us when we least expect it, but intriguing art on the walls gives employees something to think about other than upcoming deadlines can be a great understated stress release.

Art Promotes Creativity, Innovation, and Personal Expression

Similarly, art can boost creativity levels. Art is the essence of visual creativity, and spending even a few minutes per day looking at art can give you that creative boost you need to reshape your work performance. Even if you don’t consider yourself a lover of art—or a painter or photographer--your creativity can be unleashed in different, more personalized ways. 

Keeping art in the office is also a great way to encourage individual expression. Whether it’s the creativity boost, the more welcoming office atmosphere, or a combination of factors, employees generally find it easier to speak up in an arty office. This increased freedom of expression is great for both employees and employers. After all, who wouldn’t want to share ideas and concerns in a workspace that feels inviting and invigorating?