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Use Color to Change Employees’ Job Performance

April 26, 2013 admin 6 Comments


Color can affect emotions.  

Color is a powerful thing. In fact, it has the ability to affect individuals’ emotions. Certain colors encourage specific types of behavior in people — nowhere is this more clearly demonstrated than in the workplace. What color have you chosen to decorate your office in? The hue that you surround your employees with may be affecting their job performance more than you know.

What colors enhance job performance?

Here are just a few examples of workplace paint shades that have powerful effects upon employees:

— Red — Most people know that red is a stimulating, empowering color that can increase workplace excitement. This is because the color red “can increase brain wave activities, as well as raise heart rates and respiration.” It would be best to accent a workplace with red, as an entirely red office space might be overwhelming to employees. If your workers need a boost of invigoration, red would be an ideal shade to utilize.

— Orange and Yellow — Did you know that orange is capable of increasing enthusiasm? It’s true. Yellow, another warm hue, can actually “stimulate memories” and make individuals feel a sense of welcome. These colors are best used as accents. Why? Because yellow has the potential to bring out frustration and anger, and orange may increase a person’s appetite.

— Blue and Green — Do your employees need a boost of hope and encouragement? If so, green or blue would be the perfect shades to implement in your office space. For high-stress environments, blue should be used because of its amazing ability to lower heart rates, respiration, and blood pressure. Green, which has been known to reduce anxiety, is another great choice for stress-provoking places of employment.

Color can help your employees in a number of ways. 

It’s clear that color can be helpful to individuals on many levels. Whether your employees would benefit from an atmosphere of peace, hope, inspiration, or determination, you can help them get their emotional needs met simply by investing in a new paint job for your office. Color truly is amazing!



Coming soon: Do you work from home? If yes, learn to decorate your home office to foster personal inspiration by reading our next post.

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  1. Clanmother
    April 26, 2013 - 11:07 am

    An insightful post! I have found that in the workplace, colour is one of the most influential factors of emotional state. Loved that blue and green!!

    • segmation
      April 26, 2013 - 11:57 am

      Stayed tuned till next week when we blog about “Gain Clarity and Creativity, Job Search by Color!” Thanks again for following Segmation!

      • Clanmother
        April 26, 2013 - 12:29 pm

        I can hardly wait!!!

  2. Kristy J. W.
    April 26, 2013 - 2:54 pm

    I think how people react to color is so interesting. Color is quite powerful in that it can make us feel certain way like anxious, calm or happy. Good post, I loved it!

  3. gingerfightback
    April 26, 2013 - 10:49 pm

    Not sure to be honest – other factors such as the boss, type of work and individual tastes must feature more

  4. psychologistmimi
    September 20, 2013 - 5:25 pm

    This past year we painted our office allowing people to choose their colors. While a bit chaotic it added a new sense of ownership and good vibes (for a while). 🙂


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