How Color Can Affect Productivity in the Workplace:
By Susan Ringer VP My Pretty Office a Division of TwistOP
We all know there have been many studies done on workplace productivity. Sure, there are the usual factors such as efficient workflow, office morale and of course the 3 P’s (People, Process and Product) that will ensure business success, but what about your physical environment? How it is decorated and your color choices both have a major impact in how you feel about being there. In fact, it has been said through various workplace studies on productivity that one of the most important factors in an employee’s ability to focus is their physical space. The right workspace and décor has been shown to increase productivity by about 20%. And it’s not just about the space efficiency. It is about the colors, scents and accessories used to personalize that space!
I had noticed this personally during my career in real estate. As a business coach during that time, I found I could help a client achieve increased sales results by simply getting organized and making their workspace “pretty” (yes, this can also apply to the men!). Making client lead calls in any industry is always more pleasant and effective when the environment supports the task. I even noticed certain colors seemed to create different effects. For instance, the high energy, do-a-million-things-at-once personalities who needed some focus were better served to tone down the colors in their work space and eliminate the warm red, yellow and orange tones. When these color schemes were traded for soft, elegant shades of blue and green, there was a calming effect and a feeling of more focus. On the contrary, the folks who needed that extra push, who were a bit on the relaxed side by nature were better served with a bit of color jolt with those warm reds and yellows to excite their mood and get the productivity going.
Today, there are so many design trends that can serve these needs, that one doesn’t have to compromise style in favor of productivity. This would be especially important in a home office environment. Popular design colors that serve the cool, soft tones needed to reign in some focus are teal, grey, mint green and powder blue (the latter two will be huge, I predict, as it is seen everywhere in fashion right now).
To decorate your office in this scheme, use accessories that compliment this look, yet add to the functionality of your space. If you can’t paint your walls, use some of these soft colors in your artwork, your frames, file folders, organizers and stationery (of course, if you CAN paint your walls, by all means, do!). You will be amazed at how that will pull down those anxious feelings and get you to a “zen” place where you can focus. Remember to add a plant and a wonderful scent, even some soft music. Lavender or eucalyptus mint are excellent choices – calming without putting you to sleep! My Pretty Office has some great products to help with this too. Our Design Ideas line in Mint, White and Grey coupled with some Kate spade acrylic will be great for these calming effects.
For those who need a warm jolt of red, orange or yellow tones to “get in gear”, try these colors: brick red (a little less jarring), wine, pink, melon and warm buttery yellow tones. These tones are really on trend and will work with much of the décor that is popular now. They also mix well with neutrals such as grey and certain shades of beige/taupe. The vibrancy of these colors creates a stimulating effect on the brain and might just make that super heavy phone feel a little lighter to make your next prospecting call (we all have stared at the 100 pound phone, let’s be honest!). A great scent to continue this theme would be anything citrus. We love the Tommy Bahama blends that incorporate a little bit of island scent. In the winter months, switch to something with a pine scent. Remember to add a touch of jazzy (but soft in volume) music. Some products in the My Pretty Office line that would work very well with this idea are the Design Idea products in Mango. If you want the warm tones without all that zing, the Punch Studio French Style accessories accomplish just that. For some feminine energy in these color schemes, try the Anna Griffin florals or a Susan Ringer Fine Art print (yes, that is me. As you can see, I am also an artist and study/use color theory every day). This stuff is real, folks! See some of our examples in the gallery below.
If you want to learn more, here is a great article on the psychological effects of color based on research performed in the UK. There are also some fun color personality quizzes and other tools on this site you might enjoy as well:
Our favorite way to stay cool is with ice brew beverages for Keurig. Take our poll to see your iced beverage personality.
1. It's the perfect summer weather tonight--not too hot, not too chilly. You...
A) Pick up your book and head to the front porch swing.
B) Grab your purse-it's time to go out on the town!
C) Make jams and can them while feeling the summer breeze blow through the kitchen.
D) You opt for dinner under the stars, but come inside for the rest of the night.
E) Open the windows and cozy up with some Netflix.
F) Lace up your running shoes for a jaunt on the trail.
2. You drop your ice cream on the sidewalk, so you...
A) Start to tear up. It's sad!
B) Shout an expletive. That's so annoying! But then you go right back inside and ask for another scoop.
C) Find this to be a berry unfortunate event.
D) Part of you is embarrassed, but part of you finds this hilarious.
E) You go back inside to get some spill-proof iced coffee instead.
F) Ice cream? You mean my reduced-fat sorbet.
3. When it comes to playing in the water, I...
A) Like to chill out in the row boat with my fishing pole.
B) Hit the waves. Surfs up!
C) Walk along the beach and go shelling.
D) Usually spend half the time playing in the water and half laying out on the sand.
E) Actually prefer to lounge in my beach chair.
F) Put on my waterskis- where's the speedboat?
4. The sun has this effect on my skin...
A) I stay out of the sun.
B) I use a ton of sunscreen, but still tan a bit.
C) I get berry red--lobster-style.
D) I burn the first day in the sun, but then it turns tan.
E) I get a nice glow, but not super dark.
F) I get a super dark tan.
5. My favorite Popsicle flavor is...
A) Mmm...I like anything sweet!
D) I like strawberry...but blueberry is good, too.
E) Are there coffee-flavored Popsicles?
F) Hmm, anything without a lot of sugar.
6. My favorite place to be in the summer is...
A) At a country music festival.
B) An amusement park.
C) Berry picking.
D) I like to catch up on TV and relax at home, but sometimes I like to grab dinner and drinks on a restaurant patio.
E) Gardening outside.
F) Rollerblading, swimming, playing sports...anything active!
7. My favorite summer clothing item is...
B) Daisy Dukes.
C) A berry-colored tank top.
D) Jean capris.
E) Sleeveless shirt in a cute color.
F) Tennis shoes.
The Good News
The range of green products is expanding. Manufacturers are now using innovative technologies to transform organic products into adhesives for tapes and adhesive notes, envelopes, plates, cups, bowls and eating utensils.
Twist Office Products is committed to providing choices to help protect our environment. Here are some recycled, compostable, sustainable, Energy Star-rated, non-toxic and bio-based offerings, as well as those products certified to meet stringent environmental standards:
Recycling. Turning off the lights when you leave a room. Not leaving the water running. Carpooling to work or taking public transportation. At the office, it's easy to forget about going green, so here are some quick reminders--and green office products--that will help us be kind to our Earth.
Twist boasts a wide array of furniture options and general office supplies that meet stringent environmental standards and contain recycled materials:
One of my biggest money saving tips when it comes to food is to bring your own lunch to work. That $5 you’re spending on a sandwich equals $25 a week, and $1,300 per year. This may not seem like a big deal, but considering that a homemade lunch only costs $2-3, you could be spending half of what you currently are, saving yourself $650 a year on workday lunches alone.
Most people probably realize that brown bagging lunch is the cheapest option, but the hard part is actually creating the habit of packing it. Here are my best tips for getting yourself to bring lunch to work a reality.
Some of my favorite healthy and budget-friendly lunches include:
Not only does packing your lunches for work save you money, it typically means a healthier meal. Win-win!
Just because the fireworks shows are over, the fourth of July BBQ's are behind us, and the U.S. National Soccer Team already took gold in the Women's World Cup, it doesn't mean that it is time to put away that American pride till next Independence Day! Nope, USA all the way, every day!
Here are just some of the ways you can keep that good ol' American Spirit going all year long - and make a difference in the USA along the way!
Are you looking for a way to celebrate Independence Day around the office but are not quite sure how? Food. The answer is always food. Here's a quick--and one of my favorite family--recipes for success from Kraft Foods:
American Flag Cake
It's great because it's easy to make (takes only about 15 minutes) and share with coworkers without too much hassle, but is obviously very festive. You'll be a huge hit! Happy Independence Day!
Why Americans Are Weird
I recently read an article about a list of things that are strangely--and solely American. Here are a few of my favorites from "93 Weird Things About The U.S. That Americans Don’t Realize Are Weird":
#35-Obsession with coffee.
#84-The lack of annual leave from work.
#89-Talking about work and asking what people do for a living in great detail at a social function.
If that tickled your fancy, you can check out the other 90 ways Americans are weird.
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