The Right Decor Can Make You More Productive, Study Says

published May 7, 2017
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You’ve probably heard the saying “a picture’s worth a thousand words” more times than you can count by now, but a recent study from CanvasPop shows that the old adage is on to something.

As it turns out, art and decor can have a major impact on your happiness and productivity, especially in the workplace. In offices where employees are able to choose their own art and decor, people were found to be 30 percent more productive—plus, they had fewer health complaints.

In addition, professionals on LinkedIn said that art makes them feel happy (77 percent), inspired (74 percent), creative (73 percent), relaxed (37 percent) and productive (27 percent).

The study also found that an overwhelming majority—99 percent!—of workers in North America like to have art in their workspace. If you’ve ever had to work in an office or a workspace that’s basically bare and art-free—I have!—this should come as no surprise (a little style and flair can go a long way). That said, only 58 percent of people surveyed said there is art on the walls at their work, meaning 42 percent may not be working in the most productivity-inducing environments.

As far as the kind of art workers enjoy and find helpful, 61 percent said they liked funny art, 54 percent like abstract art, 44 percent are fans of both inspirational quotes and art that shows their company’s history, and 41 percent like to see clients’ artwork.

So, if you’re looking to upgrade your home office or work area, consider playing with art and some more stylish decor items. And if you’re a business owner looking to improve your office morale, consider this: The study found that 39 percent of employees don’t know their company’s mission statement, and 36 percent can’t recite their company’s values—it might be worth it to incorporate these things into your office art, for style and educational purposes.