creativity at work

[ James Anderson, ]

No matter what your job is, creativity in the workplace is a powerful thing. It can boost morale, encourage new ideas and bolster overall performance.

Even for the non-creative types, a little color in the office can go a long way, especially when paired with other subtle additions. If you’re looking to inspire creativity where you work, embracing different kinds of décor is a great way to do so.

Color is an excellent first step on the path toward a more creative work environment. To some it may not seem this way, but the colors you surround yourselves with greatly affect your mood, work ethic and attention span. Depending on what you do, certain colors are more conducive to creativity and, when grouped effectively, can increase efficiency at work. 

  • Colors such as red and yellow considerably boost energy levels and, in some cases, have been known to raise people’s blood pressure.
  • If you don’t want to overstimulate your staff, blues and greens can have a calming effect.
  • For best results, blend all of these colors in a way that creates a balanced, efficient work environment.

How you lay out your workspace has major effect on how you and your employees function throughout the day. When it comes to choosing which is best for you, the options are pretty limitless.

  • First things first: Kick down the cubicle walls. Opening up your workplace inspires a sense of togetherness at work and encourages creative thinking.
  • If you have windows, situate employees near them and make use of available natural light.
  • Don’t stick to same seating arrangements. Every few months, change it up and put different employees next to each other.

Regardless of what you do for a living, there are aspects of where you work that are necessary but not exactly attractive. Utilities such as bathrooms, storage space and break rooms are all typical parts of a functioning workplace, but they’re sometimes looked over when it comes to well-thought-out design. But with a little attention to detail, you can spruce up these spaces and reinvigorate your workforce.

  • If your employees use storage lockers, encourage them to bring pictures from home and hang them inside.
  • Hang company newsletters or other artwork inside the bathroom so people have something to look at while they’re doing their business.
  • If you have done so already, dedicate a space for your employees to hangout on their breaks. Put a TV in there if you can. If you can’t, make sure some relaxing colors appear on the walls.

At the end of the day, maintaining a stimulating, comfortable work environment makes all the difference in the world. It has a positive effect on efficiency, productivity, demeanor and countless other parts of your working world. If you’re looking for ways to inspire your workforce to be better, look around you—the answer is on the walls.