How Does Office Interior Design Affects Employees’ Mood

office interior design

image source: Hamza Asif via Compfight cc

 Imagine you would be stuck eight hours a day in a lifeless room five to six days a week. That sounds depressing right? Would you rather want a room full of life? Of course you would.

Well, typical office worker spends eight to nine hours a day in an office. That means one-third  of the day is spent within these confined spaces. This same goes for workers in Singapore.  Singapore is a very busy city. Some workers in Singapore may even work longer than eight  hours. You might not notice it but your workplace can affect you in many ways unimaginable.  A good interior office design can affect our decisions, perspectives and even our mood. But the question is how can interior design affect office workers’ mood? What does mood have to do in the workplace? How can we, especially the employers, take advantage of it?

Pleasant Office Interior Design and Mood

Office interior design greatly contributes to having a more suitable workplace. A study from the National Institute of Mental Health, the largest organization specializing in mental health, conducted an experiment to see if the overall appearance of the workplace affects the workers. You can check the complete details about the research here.

Selected workers were put in old and new office spaces. The old office space had solid partitions, dimmer lights, more cramped furniture and no visible windows. Those who worked in the old office space were more stressed than their counterparts. Their pulse rate and their body clocks are also affected. Those who worked in the new office have an overall better mood than those in the old one.

Aside from these mood-changing factors, psychologists, interior designers and market specialists all agree that the colors can affect mood. For instance, the color Yellow is commonly associated with joy, optimism and creativity. Having a yellow-schemed makes workers happier and more confident.

In conclusion, the overall office interior design can affect employees. With that of a better, more worker-friendly environment means a better mood.

Less Stress, More Work

But first, what can fine mood do good for employers and workers alike? There is a correlation between good mood and better productivity. Frankly, who would want to work while having doldrums? Feeling down can make workers do less. With a bad mood, workers can frequently arrive late at work. This can also then contribute to absenteeism which is very bad for employers. Over time, having a bad mood can result in stress at work. Stress, as we all know it, can result in many unwanted effects such as illness and depression. On the other hand, having a good mood can make you excel at doing something. You may even take risks during a good mood and succeed, which you’d never do when you’re feeling down. It gives an increase in workers’ productivity, something that employers and workers can benefit from.

Take Advantage of People’s Mood

Technically, you can’t control your mood or the mood of your workers. You can however at least take steps to lessen bad moods and increase productivity. Singapore is filled with countless workers. Creating a job-satisfying, mood –enhancing environment for these workers can do many wonders. How can you accomplish it then? You can innovate your office interior design to make you or your workers more productive. You might want to consult your local interior designers for suggestions and renovations. Yes, it may cost you a little but you might be surprised how these renovations influence the company and the workers. It’s really worth a try.

Author Description


No comments yet.

Join the Conversation