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How Artwork in the Workplace Can Build Your Company Culture

Not only does artwork impress your clients, it also increases employee morale by creating a positive and efficient atmosphere. A splash of color or an abstract display of art can inspire your entire organization to be at its best. According to a collaborative survey by the Business Committee for the Arts, Inc. (BCA) and the International Association for Professional Art Advisors (IAPAA) conducted in the fall of 2003 consisting of 800 employees from 32 organizations, art has a positive influence on many of the challenges faced by organizations: 78% agree Art helps reduce stress, 67% agree art helps increase morale, 64% agree that art helps increase creativity & productivity.

In relation to company culture, it is also shown that art enhances the environment for both employees and clients alike: 94% of respondents agreed art enhances the work environment, 52% agreed art leads to networking opportunities, and 73% agreed art helps to build community relationships.

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In a survey of over 800 employees at 32 different companies, 94% of employees found that artwork enhanced their work environment. Additionally, 82% agreed that artwork is an important element of the workplace, and 72% of those surveyed desired to have more art in the workplace. (The Business Committee for the Arts Inc. and the International Association for Professional Art Advisors)

Research has demonstrated a direct link between working environment and employee satisfaction, productivity, and well-being. One study analyzed the effects of the office environment on staff productivity by placing two groups of employees with an hour’s worth of administrative tasks, one in an office with art and plants and the other in an environment without any additional decoration. The results revealed that employees in the office with art work 15% faster than those in the office without any decoration. (Alexander Haslam & Dr. Craig Knight, Scientific American Mind, 2010)

“Environmental motivators can make or break you,” states Jason Demers, Founder and CEO of Audience Bloom. Demers continues, “including pictures, quotes, and artwork on the walls of an office can inspire creativity and make the office feel like a much more human, organic place to work.” As demonstrated in the previously mentioned survey, the overwhelming majority of employees want artwork in the workplace – and it’s partially due to the intrinsic effects of art that inspire and motivate employees. (The Business Committee for the Arts Inc. and the International Association for Professional Art Advisors)

Our art consultants here at Art Force are highly trained in Evidence-Based Design (EBD). Evidence-based design is based off of quantitative and qualitative research that reveals a correlation between the physical environment and an individual’s state of well-being. Our art consultants can find artwork for your organization’s environment which will align with your brand and boost your employee’s moral.

Art Force can also conduct image assessments where we team up with your organization to ask employees to aid in the selection process of their own artwork. According to an article titled, “The Impact of Art in the Workplace”, written by Karen Higginbottom for Forbes Magazine, “Research by Exeter University’s School of Psychology found that employees who have control over the design and layout of their work space are not only happier and healthier — they’re also up to 32% more productive.

The evidence is clear that artwork in the workplace is substantially valuable to both wow your visitors and make a positive impact on employee culture and morale. Get in touch with an art advisor to see how Art Force can help you build your company culture!


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