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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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.

Shanti S.
S S4 years ago

Thank you.

Lynnl C.
Lynn C4 years ago


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!

Nicole W.
Nicole W4 years ago

thank you for posting

Chazz York jr
Chazz York4 years ago

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

Mary Donnelly
Mary Donnelly4 years ago

Great post--thanks.

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

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.

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.