Can Office Art Increase Productivity and Job Satisfaction?

Right now, office art is experiencing what many observers characterize as a renaissance. After slashing their budgets during the 2008-2009 economic recession, companies felt the negative impacts created by the absence of artwork in their interiors. Recognizing the value of art in the workplace, they have since returned with renewed enthusiasm. This trend stands to accelerate as people return to work amid the winding-down of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The idea that office art can increase productivity and job satisfaction is backed by research. Let’s take a look at some of the studies that support this idea with scientific, data-based insights.

University of Exeter Office Art Studies

Promoted in this 2016 article published by The Guardian, University of Exeter researcher Dr. Craig Knight led a series of studies on the effects of artwork in various environments. One such project focused specifically on office settings, which compared productivity in various unenhanced and enhanced spaces.

Knight and his research team found that people working in environments enriched by office art were 15% more productive. Additional University of Exeter research reported even better results, finding that artwork can make employees nearly one-third more productive, all while improving their mood and health.

Surveys on How Employees React to Office Art

Survey-based studies also indicate that employees react very favorably to office art. One such survey program polled about 800 people working for 32 different companies, finding:

  •  77% of respondents said office art inspired people to express opinions more often
  • 78% said they felt less stress in the presence of office artwork
  • 64% reported feeling creatively invigorated by the presence of artwork

Given these results, businesses increasingly view office art as a valuable investment in the health, happiness, and productivity of their employees.

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