The Good Kind of Spectrum

What is one aspect of employee productive and motivation that most companies miss?
The look and visual feel of the workplace, according to a 2003 resource on designing office spaces by the University of Cincinnati. According to the resource, the right colors and fixtures in the workplace influence how employees – future and present – feel about the company and desire to work there, or continue to work there. An aesthetically appealing color scheme can increase productivity, your company’s ability to attract the best prospects and recruit the types of workers who can take your business to the next level.

The aesthetic of the workplace can also be manipulated to have different effects on your employees and visitors. If you’re going to install a new Glass Whiteboard into an important meeting room or workspace, what considerations should you make to ensure it compliments – or even enhances – that room’s visual appeal? What about rooms where you are starting from scratch completely?

Colors, aesthetic and mood

First, consider how a color’s hue and saturation – the characteristics that allow them to be differentiated from one another and evoke emotions – work together in your room and your new whiteboard. Make sure that one color does not dominate the room, such as an overly bright orange shade overwhelming an otherwise beige and tan neutral scheme. However, if your office does feature a lot of neutral colors, a splash of purple or bold green in select spots can invoke feelings of community or fellowship in rooms where those feelings would be beneficial, such as in the break room or the entrance.

Here are some tricks for evoking a variety of beneficial moods and emotions throughout your office:

  • For an “earthy” mood, go with browns. They can portray a room or organization as wholesome and safe. You can also try dark green, or evergreen, which is another color that inspires feelings of nature and harmony.
  • A warning about adding spark to a room: If you can find it in your two-year-old nephew’s room, it might not be a great fit for the office. For example, avoid “blueberry blue” or anything with “neon” in front of its name.
  • Avoid using overly saturated colors as the dominating force in a color scheme. Richly dark blues such as cobalt are attractive in small does, but as the primary color can quickly sap away the energy level of the room.
  • You can select colors for a room based on the purpose of that room. If you want to designate a new haven within your organization where the art department can go to try out new ideas on a canvass or computer, use oranges or reds liberally – two colors associated with creativity and forward-momentum. If you plan on having board meetings in one room in particular, go with a serene color for that room, such as a cool blue tone, which is associated with the calmness of water – this can help ease frayed nerves during particularly tense discussions.
  • If some of these suggestions seem too extreme for your workplace, you can also go for a softer shade of a potential color change. For example, burgundy – which contains brown and red tones – contains the qualities of strength and action you would get with bolder versions of the individual colors that may seem out-of-place with you business’s overall aesthetic.

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