The Workplace Is Changing Thanks to an Emphasis On Design

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There is a revolution going on inside the workplace and it’s leading to overall business success.

Although working alongside professional organizations (PEO) is a significant contributor to having a successful business, as companies that take advantage of PEOs for at least four quarters are roughly 50% less likely to permanently go out of business, the actual design of the office is more important than ever.

The physical design of the workplace isn’t just an afterthought anymore and everything from the furniture on the floor to the art on the walls now plays a significant role in the individual success of the employee and the overall success of the entire business.

According to Vending Times companies are breaking away from traditional office layouts and replacing them with innovative, eccentric, and visually appealing design features.

In a survey of over 2,000 people, wholly 72.7% of respondents agreed that the “design of my furniture reflects my personality,” and 67% of respondents agreed with the statement, “A lot can be said about a person from the furniture [he or she] owns.” This has been the case in home decor for years, but this style and individuality has finally made its way into the workplace.

The emphasis on design isn’t just for appearances, however, as certain improvements to the workplace actually benefit individual employee performance.

The Business Committee for the Arts and the International Association for Professional Art Advisors collaborated on a survey that found art in the workplace provides employees with significant intangible benefits. Roughly 78% of respondents agree that workplace art reduces stress, 77% agree that the artwork encourages the expression of opinions, and 64% agree that it improves overall creativity.

According to Forbes, blending productivity with the creative design of a company sends a powerful message to employees: “We’re not all business here, and you don’t have to be afraid to step away from your work and unwind.”

“Innovative companies also report better relationships with management and greater meaning in employees’ day-to-day work,” said Todd Heiser, a principal of Gensler, a global architecture and design firm. “They’re improving the workspace by expanding choice and autonomy across the organization to drive innovation.”

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