Space, Productivity, & Creativity

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Space, Productivity, & Creativity

We know that children thrive in spaces that are colorful and vibrant. Great classrooms are filled with stations that offer children variety – from physical activity to quiet reflection. We know that children’s creativity and learning can be nurtured in environments that naturally encourage cognitive development.

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When we “grow up,” we somehow forget this and put ourselves in boxes. Yet we still expect ourselves and our employees to stay innovative and sharp. It should then come as no surprise when employee morale drops and work becomes a boring routine.

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The most creative offices understand the importance of our environment to the creative and learning process. They offer what looks like a kindergarten classroom – color, variety, engagement.

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Can’t get your office to put in a slide? Consider other ways to engage space while maintaining professionalism:

1. Colorize walls
Your office doesn’t have to start looking like a Dr. Seuss movie set. Big blocks of color on a few key walls help to make things pop out to the eyes. Visual stimulation help to get the brain going.
2. Encourage gadgets
We sometimes think the guy with all the toys in his cubicle is immature and unprofessional. Yet he may be the creative of them all. As long as your office doesn’t become an excuse for a toy store, having a few gadgets that you can play with your hands can help engage your mind as well.
3. Create variety of workspaces
Not only do individuals learn differently, but each individual learn differently depending on the time of day, mood, or project. Ensure the workspace doesn’t simply allow for work at a desk, but also in quiet corners and community tables.
4. Let the light in
Open the blinds and let the sunshine in. Natural daylight helps to improve people’s moods, and when moods are lightened, so are our synapses.
5. Invite nature
Bring in some plants – plants are known to improve the climate, breathing fresh oxygen into the atmosphere, which helps us to feel better. They’re also known to be sources of inspiration, key to learning and creativity.