Creating Your Environment
5 Ways to Increase Creativity in the Workplace
Ever worked in an office with small windows, white walls and furniture from the ‘80s? If you’ve been in a typical corporate job or simply outdated space, you’ll feel the creativity and self-expression sucked out of you. The design of a workplace can be directly tied to the creativity of the workforce. If you’ve ever stepped foot in Oprah Winfrey’s headquarters, the entire building is intentionally designed beautifully and thoughtfully from top to bottom because they understand the psychology of workplace creativity. A well-designed workplace promotes increased collaboration, creativity and productivity in the modern office, creating a space where teams look forward to work at each morning (and clients look forward to meetings there).
Whether you’re an interior design firm, marketing agency, graphic design firm, or advertising company, here are the top 5 ways to increase creativity using a well-designed workplace.
Open Floor Plans
If your building allows for it, utilize the outside areas such as patio spaces. Giving employees the opportunity to stroll outside for a few minutes help recharge and clear the mind, which always increases productivity. And outside areas also give the chance for social gatherings such as lunch potlucks and birthday parties. Even though companies typically frown upon social time, these kinds of non-work related interactions help bring teams together and break down the barriers between management to foster an overall company-wide feeling of camaraderie.
It’s crucial for modern offices, especially in artistic fields, to take advantage of using the physical workspace to increase productivity, collaboration, innovative ideas and problem-solving. Well-designed office spaces help sharpen their team’s craft and creative output and promote overall employee satisfaction, happiness, and long-term retention.