Even when things are (relatively) normal, everyone gets stressed out from time to time. Add in a global pandemic and things can get extremely overwhelming fast. If your business is one of the few that is lucky enough to remain open during these uncertain times, you should be doing everything you can to take care of your employees.
Your staff’s physical health should be your main priority, especially as this virus continues to spread. But it’s imperative that you focus on your employee’s mental wellbeing, as well. Thankfully, there are plenty of health benefits of art inside the workplace that can lead to a happier team, a friendly office environment, and a more successful business.
Art in the workplace helps businesses address key challenges such as stress relief (78% agree), increasing creativity (64% agreed), and encouraging expression of opinions (77% agreed). Workplace stress, whether it’s COVID-19 related or not, can destroy a company from the inside-out.
Even if one employee is feeling overwhelmed due to work-related stress, their negative attitude can spiral and impact the productivity of virtually everyone else inside the office.
Simply placing a few nice-looking art pieces on the walls of your office can improve your company culture, boost workplace morale, and significantly decrease employee stress. Additionally, quality artwork can help with handling actual, physical pain — which can lead to even more stress if left unattended. According to research conducted by Dr. Staricoff, individuals who took medications to alleviate pain actually took fewer medications when art was hung up in their environment compared to those in an environment with no art.
Art can do much more than help with stress relief and pain management, too. In addition to alleviating pain and relieving stress, art improves healing, makes people more active, enhance sensory experiences, and can inspire creativity within.
You’re not going to drastically change your company culture overnight by placing a single piece of art inside the office, but it’s a great start. Spend some time to learn more about the health benefits of art, research what kinds of pieces will work well inside your office, and talk to your employees about how to practice additional stress relief activities. If you want to learn more about how art can help with stress relief in and outside of the workplace, give Smart Art Consulting a call right away!