The Art of Workplace Wellbeing: Patrick talks to Savills for the launch of their new workplace magazine, CORE
Agile working, wellbeing and biophilia have all helped to change today’s workspace, tapping in to our innate need to seek connections with other forms of life. Whilst this has all helped to contribute to individual workplace culture, art also has an integral role to play.
Patrick was delighted to be invited by Savills to contribute to the debut issue of their new workplace magazine, CORE. Focused on office and workplace trends in the UK and beyond, the magazine is designed to give an in-depth insight into what’s going on in the sector right now, and where it’s heading.
National charity Anxiety UK states that a good employer ‘values, supports and invests in its staff, not simply because of the impact sickness absence has on the business and brand’ but because ‘creating a mentally healthy workplace improves productivity and profits…and reduces significant costs relating to staff turnover, under-performance and untapped potential.’
According to Anxiety UK, one of the keys to combatting anxiety is distraction. At ARTIQ we believe that art is one of the best ways for employers to achieve this. Not only can art create a positive, cognitive distraction, but also reduce stress and impact on productivity by creating spaces that are both active and connective.
We’ve long known about the key relationship between art and wellbeing, after all, as Florence Nightingale once said ‘little as we know about the way in which we are affected by form, by colour, and light, we do know this, that they have an actual physical effect. Variety of form and brilliancy of colour in the objects presented to patients, are actual means of recovery.’
Artwork in a flexible working environment engages, distracts and de-stresses, as well as helping demarcate space and suggest its true purpose, promoting thought and discussion beyond the four walls. Art creates links with the outside world and feeds into the importance of culture in the workplace, improving employee wellbeing and subtly aiding the flexibility of purpose business owners and office managers must now achieve.
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