By Hazel

Why you should never paint Office walls White

White walls in a room might feel crisp and clean, like a blank slate, but if they’re in your workplace, it’s time to repaint. Color not only affects a person’s mood, but it can also hinder a worker’s effectiveness.

In a study from the University of Texas, researcher Nancy Kwallek tested the impact of color on productivity by giving three groups of people clerical tasks to complete in three different rooms, each painted a different color: red, white, and aqua. Some individuals, which Kwallek calls high-screeners, were able to block out the color “noise” of their surroundings, while others, low-screeners, were affected by it. The high-screeners had no difficulty working in the red room, while low-screeners tended to be distracted by the color. Both groups, however, made more errors when they worked in the white room.

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By Hazel

15 Ways to Revolutionize Your Workplace

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Some people thought I had taken a few steps backward when, at 27, I left the stability of a great job and tremendous responsibility to join the team of a startup nonprofit that had no building and a small following. But over the next 15 years, we saw that little startup grow to reach thousands.

As that growth occurred and the organization grew more complex, my leadership had to bend and morph with it. But the results were more than satisfying: Our little “startup,” Granger Community Church, in Granger, Indiana, was eventually noted in a national poll as the second most innovative church in America. And, when I left my position as pastor in 2014, the church had more than 100 employees, multiple buildings, spin-off organizations, a restaurant and a preschool.

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By Hazel

The Computer vs The Hand In Architectural Drawing

In the architecture world, there are a handful of persistent debates that arise time and time again: the challenges of being a woman in the field of architecture is one of them, for example; the problems of a culture of long hours and hard work is another. But one of the most enduring arguments in architecture – especially in the academic sphere – is the battle between hand drawing and computer aided design. Both schools have their famous proponents: Michael Graves, for example, was known as a huge talent with a pencil and paper, and came to the defense of drawing in articles for the New York Times, among others. Patrik Schumacher, on the other hand, is famous for his commitment to the capabilities of the computer.

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By Hazel

He Was Tired Of Looking At Boring Office Walls, So He Bought 9,000 Post-It Notes. The Result Is Amazing.

One day I just got so tired of how sterile and boring our office felt, I thought I should do something about it.

As you can see, the walls are pretty plain, but that meant I had a lot of space to work with. I realized that painting would take a long time, and would be difficult to remove (I had the building facilities department to worry about), so I landed on Post-Its as a semi-cheap and fully temporary solution.

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By Hazel

Can’t Focus? Your Office Paint Color Might Be To Blame

It’s 3 p.m. Though you’ve had plenty of coffee, your energy is on a decidedly downward trend. You try to struggle on the task at hand, but there’s something that’s just keeping you from concentrating. The answer might be right in front of you — literally. That is, if that wall is the wrong paint color.

When it comes to workplace environments, bold might not be better. “Colors that are very saturated and not very bright — like emerald green and sapphire blue — generally promote an energy level that puts people into overdrive if they’re trying to do thoughtful work alone or to collaborate with others. They just can’t concentrate well,” says Sally Augustin, PhD, an environmental psychologist and principal at Design With Science, via email. Augustin also cited a study by Andrew Elliot, a psychology professor at the University of Rochester, which found that exposure to the color redlead to distraction, worry and a reduced ability to focus on mental tasks.

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Why you should never paint Office walls White
15 Ways to Revolutionize Your Workplace
The Computer vs The Hand In Architectural Drawing
He Was Tired Of Looking At Boring Office Walls, So He Bought 9,000 Post-It Notes. The Result Is Amazing.
Can’t Focus? Your Office Paint Color Might Be To Blame