The right colors in the right places can give your team a boost
If productivity is lacking with your employees, it could be due to a number of reasons. Perhaps they’re not properly motivated. It’s possible that there are too many distractions in the office. Maybe they’re drinking too much decaf. Or, it could even have something to do with the décor, specifically the color.
Entrepreneur recently highlighted the impact of color on the workplace and a study by University of Texas researchers, who “found that bland gray, beige and white offices induced feelings of sadness and depression, especially in women. Men, on the other hand, experienced similarly gloomy feelings in purple and orange workspaces.”
When businesses first create new office spaces or plan to redesign their current ones, color often doesn’t get a lot of focus. But it could end up making a world of difference for productivity. Before you sign off on any changes, think about these colors and what they could mean for your company:
Blue is a great color to paint an office for several reasons. In addition to being a calming color, blue can also stimulate the mind and help with concentration. Blue has been proven to decrease appetite, which could mean your employees won’t feel as though they need to mosey on over to the break room as often to grab a snack.
If you want to use red, you have to be careful with it. Red increases heart rates and raises blood pressure. If you think this could be useful (perhaps in a brainstorming space) give it a shot. Red is also the best color to use if you want to draw attention to something.
Like blue, green is a soothing color. It can help people stay calm and increase their efficiency, and it’s particularly good for those who work long hours. Another bonus is that green is associated with nature, and natural elements – like plants – are often cited as items that increase productivity.
If you want your office to exhibit fun, happiness, or optimism, yellow is your color. Yellow can also improve creativity, and it may be especially good for artists, designers, writers, or other people who need to be creative.
There are a couple of different ways to figure out which colors will work for your office. First, you can experiment a little. This doesn’t mean you have to paint whole walls; bringing in a few different elements like art prints or even things like notepads or blotters can give you some insight.
The second thing you can do is get some feedback from your employees. While they may not really care about the psychology behind colors, surely they have their own favorites. If you solicit their opinions, it will show that you care about their preferences, which will make them want to work harder for you.
Another good way to boost productivity in your office is with the right design and furniture. This is where Compass Office Solutions can help. We’ll offer you expert advice and guidance that will lead to a more productive workforce. To find out what we can do for your business, call us at 954.430.4590 or just fill out our online contact form.