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Red And Yellow And Pink And Green

March 25th, 2014 by Alison McKinney

Aside from designing an ergonomically effective office to enhance your employee’s well-being and happiness at work, you may also want to consider what colours are best to use.

Your mood, well-being, feelings and emotions can be radically affected by your environment. The use of colour is an influential communication tool and can be used to signal action, influence mood, and cause physiological reactions. So, when you spend most of your time in the office, the colours that you are surrounded by may be influencing your behaviour and the way in which you work.

Depending on the type of work you are carrying out, certain colours would be better suited for use in the working environment. For example, if the task requires intense focus and concentration, then surrounding colours should be non-stimulating and relaxing. However, if the task needs someone to be upbeat and energetic, then colours that stimulate an increase in blood pressure will keep you feeling alert.

Here, we’ve listed just a few colours that work well in an office environment for you to consider:

Greens

Green represents nature and it helps to induce a relaxed mood. We’ve all heard of the ‘green room’, it’s the colour used for backstage rooms where actors are waiting to appear on TV or on stage, as it calms the nerves. Light green with a yellow or blue base is an uplifting but soothing colour that can add some warmth to your office and provide comfort if you’re working alone. Green is a calming colour that won’t make you sleepy. A mid green colour or sage will inspire you to stay in productive mode throughout the day.

Reds

This is the most emotionally intense colour that stimulates a faster heartbeat and breathing. The use of this colour has been known to increase a room’s energy level because of its ability to raise blood pressure. This colour is a great option when you want to encourage excitement and energy. Red is also good for stimulating conversation and enhancing teamwork as it tends to bring people together. Furthermore, red has been found to be the most impressive and impactful of the colours and gives off the best first impression. Red is recommended as the perfect colour for furniture since it attracts attention.

Blues

Blue rooms encourage people to be more productive. It stimulates workers to achieve greater performance. A pale blue colour, has a very calming effect on the senses and helps people to stay focused and productive throughout a typical workday and for long periods of time. What is interesting is that blue clothing is recommended to wear to job interviews because it symbolizes loyalty.

Whites And Creams

Beige or cream coloured walls are popular in decorating because they are light, neutral and are easy to complement with furnishings. Areas with these colours seem more spacious, reflect more light and usually encourage an optimistic mood. Therefore white and other light colours are used in production areas, small rooms and hallways. White represents cleanliness and sterility, thus used in hospitals and other types of medical centres. Whites and creams are simple and calm, and are great for office spaces of all sizes.

Employee well-being is just one key factor in defining an organisation’s long-term profitability and success. In order to achieve higher levels of performance and competitiveness, an organisation should place an employee well-being strategy at the top of their list. It plays a huge role in employee engagement, productivity and reduction in absenteeism.

So, something as simple as taking time to choose the right colour for your office can go a long way to obtaining great employee well-being.

Why not contact us on +44 (0) 1255 850051 for more information on employee well-being and increasing employee engagement in your organisation.

Written by Alison McKinney
Alison McKinney is the Project and Quality Assurance Manager at The Survey Initiative, a dedicated employee research organisation devoted to helping its clients gain insight and understanding into what drives employee engagement in their business. Alison has extensive experience in project management and quality assurance and has recently worked on projects for clients as diverse as: WSP Middle East. Natural History Museum, Peverel, Marine Stewardship Council, Accor UK &Ireland and Thompsons Solicitors. Visit http://www.surveyinitiative.co.uk for more information.

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