In episode 79 of “The JoyPowered® Workspace Podcast,” JoDee and Susan discuss the the role of art, culture, and their role in the workspace. New research by Viking indicates that, for most workers, art in the office is a big plus; it can make employees happier and even reduce stress. While some people might not even notice the artwork, for those that do, it can be a big mood booster.
Not only does art better the disposition of workers, but it can also provide a competitive advantage for companies. Studies have shown that if a workspace incorporates artwork, workers tend to work faster, are more innovative, and form better bonds with their colleagues. JoDee and Susan are joined today by Jill Lehman, a wife, mom, business executive, art advocate, and entrepreneur. After a lifetime spent around creatives, Jill created High Frequency Arts, a company focused on helping clients use visual arts as a strategic advantage and cultivating art careers.
One of the most important links between art and business, says Jill, is the problem solving component. Artists tend to look at the world a little differently, and that manifests itself in their work. By hanging that work on our office walls, by considering that art, by opening ourselves to new perspectives, we can expand our problem solving abilities. According to Jill, there’s a huge misconception about fine art being exorbitantly expensive. That’s not true! Fine art comes at all price points, especially if you explore the art community near you and support local artists.
Today, a listener asks JoDee and Susan for some tips and tricks for open office etiquette. In the news, a recent SHRM article detailed a new development in employer health care coverage. Due to 2019 IRS regulations, companies now have the option to offer individual coverage HRA plans instead of group health plans.
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