Gone are the days of the boring, drab, depressing, office. With more research being put into the art of productivity, it would seem that ideas to get the most out of staff- while keeping them happy, have ranged from office workouts, right through to the colour of the walls.
One particular method proving to be popular with business owners and employers at the moment, is to create an office wall mural. A mural traditionally, is a piece of artwork that is painted directly on to walls or ceilings. This traditional art form is thought to date back at least 40,000 years. With some of the most famous being found in ancient caves and the Sistine chapel.
Markwell Peck, a commercial decorating company with over 15 years of experience in rejuvenating business spaces, share their thoughts and advice on office murals and how they can keep staff happy and productive.
Colours are key
Research has shown that certain colours can provoke different behaviours and attitudes in staff. With a huge range of colours to go through and with each colour making staff feel a particular emotion, it can be a good idea to steer away from the traditional one colour wall. Adding a simple design element such as a mural, where you can incorporate a variety of positive colours will enhance the staff’s mood and motivation.
The wellbeing of staff
Mental health in the workplace can have severe implications for businesses and individuals. The wellbeing of employees is crucial, as they are the life blood of the company. If an individual’s mental health is impacted in a negative way at work, you may see a fall in motivation from them and other employees. This can lead to high staff turnover and the potential for a loss in profit. With 1 in 4 people in the UK experiencing mental health issues every year, it is vital that your company offers an environment that is designed and equipped to make everyone feel comfortable and inspired. By creating a motivational mural in the work place, there will be a physical daily reminder of the care you have for your staff.
Most of your employees will spend the majority of their year at the workplace. Care needs to be taken when making sure the company is as comfortable to work in as possible. With a lot of people these days looking for job satisfaction and dynamic innovation as much as a steady pay cheque. It is important your company meets these demands. By ignoring what potential employees are looking for, you will make a negative name for your business, while looking out of touch. If you spent some time brainstorming and researching with your staff, on ideas for an office mural, you will be showing them that their views at the company are counted. Once the mural is complete, they will be reminded daily that they are working for employers who aren’t afraid to think outside the box and value their employee’s ideas. This will lead to happier staff who are less likely to leave in search of a more innovative company.
Fit for purpose
With all the above information in hand, you may be thinking that a wall mural would be the perfect solution to spruce up your office space. With so many different options available to you, it can be hard deciding what to have done. To make sure you end up with the perfect wall mural in your office space, we suggest asking a few simple questions, to start narrowing down your choices.
- Where is it going? Choose a good-sized wall, in a place everyone can see it. If staff are all seated too close to the mural and can’t take in the whole image, it may not have the desired effect.
- What work takes place in the office? Most companies will have a good brand image, it is important to keep that in mind when choosing the design. For example, a provocative, urban, graffiti style mural, probably wouldn’t suit a traditional accounting firm. That style of mural may be better suited in a creative agency.
- What is its purpose? Maybe your staff have not been performing as well lately, or maybe you are just sick of walking in to a bland looking office. Whatever your reason for investing in a wall mural for your work space, it is important to keep the audience in mind, so as not to miss the mark with your desired style and colour choices.
When it comes to improving the working environment, a wall mural can be a great way to turn your outdated office in to a bright, productive and healthy workplace.