The 5-Senses Guide to an Inspiring Workplace

Employers take note: white walls and bright fluorescent lights do not inspire creativity.

Anyone who has tried to work while a nearby building is undergoing noisy construction knows how surroundings can impact productivity. Researches have taken that observation a step further and found how subtle changes in the workplace — such as the color of the walls, the brightness of lights, and even the smell around us — can affect our mental work state. Here’s what they found:

Infographic credit: Ciphr

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19 comments

Mary B.
Mary B4 years ago

Indoor plants, fountains, a central court yard area where people can just stroll around for a few minutes to release the stress on joints, drink some water and take some good deep breaths of piped in fresh air would also help. It would also be a place to just exchange pleasentries and de-focus from productivity.

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Shanti S.
S S4 years ago

Thank you.

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Lynnl C.
Lynn C4 years ago

ty

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Rachael Clark
Rachael Clark4 years ago

Aesthetics are underrated. Science is studying the impacts of aesthetics more and more. There's some interesting results. Thanks for the infographic!

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Nicole W.
Nicole W4 years ago

thank you for posting

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Chazz York jr
Chazz York4 years ago

I am lucky, my home is my work place. I run my networks from my home.

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Mary Donnelly
Mary Donnelly4 years ago

Great post--thanks.

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Candace Fawcett
Candace Fawcett4 years ago

I could so go for a painted office and dimmer lights ... I've kept mine off all summer! ... but I WILL NOT go to decaf coffee. lol Some things just aren't worth giving up lol

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Mandy K.
Mandy Kleykamp4 years ago

Very interesting. And Barbara's comment with respect to exercise is very right. Nothing relieves "nerves" like a few moments of brisk exercise, even simple calisthenics like we did in first grade before school.

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Barbara d.
Past Member 4 years ago

Considering how much time one spends at work, a work place should not only offer a place of productivity and creativity but also of relaxation and exercise. If there is a place to do exercise it helps reduce stress; if there is a place to de-stress, i.e., a room for meditation, it will actually increase both productivity and creativity. Also, healthy snacks should be available.

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