File this one under interesting but true.
There’s long been research showing that certain colors can affect moods. Red can make you angry, blue can calm you down and burgundy just confuses the hell out of you. It’s been used for years in schools, hospitals and jails, so why not in your office?
A fresh coat of paint can liven up the small business office, probably won’t cost you a lot and can make a difference in employee moods.
The key, according to Small Biz Technology, is figuring out what color will allow employees to come into work and feel happier and more productive:
In general, painting your offices can give your workers a sense of excitement about coming to work. Just be careful that you choose the right colors, both for your walls and for trim and accents.
Okay then. What colors are actually beneficial to the ol’ office environment, you ask? You’ll want to read the article linked above for a more complete list, naturally, but let us give you one color you should definitely use and one you should definitely avoid.
- Use blue. White and cream are said to be good colors, but I find they don’t really have much of an affect either way. They’re just kind of bland. Blue, on the other hand, is calming and pleasing to the eye. Roll with that.
- Don’t use yellow. Not only is it not a great color, in this blogger’s humble opinion, but it also increases employee anger. The last thing you need is a fistfight set against a backdrop the color of lemon custard.
Ultimately, this won’t make a huge difference in your office, so don’t turn into a berserker with the brush. It’s just a relatively low-cost way to turn surly employees into slightly less surly ones, and what office couldn’t use a little cheer?
How recently did you re-paint your office?
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