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Revitalize Your Workspace

How Changing Office Graphics
Boosts Engagement

How can you engage employees in the office space.
Tired of dull office space?

Revitalize your workspace with easy to change wall graphics. Promote your brand, highlight employees, show new products – create community.

Using science to help us understand how to optimize our environment.
Let’s dive into the fascinating psychological effects of altering visual elements in the workplace. Discover how fresh graphics and dynamic decor not only break the visual monotony but also invigorate the mind—encouraging greater focus and creativity among employees. We’ll discuss the science of visual stimulation and its direct link to improved cognitive functions and workplace productivity.

Habituation
Everyday Psychological Concept

“Habituation”, is the psychological concept theory that supports the idea that changing branding or wall graphics in an office can help keep people engaged.  Habituation is a decrease in response to a stimulus after repeated exposure. Essentially, when people are exposed to the same environment or stimuli over time, they tend to pay less attention to it. Changing the visual elements in an environment can help counteract this effect by introducing new stimuli that re-engage the senses and attention.

New visuals can stimulate the visual cortex, grabbing attention and potentially improving cognitive functions such as memory and problem-solving.

Have you’ve ever driven to the same place many times, and stop noticing where you are?  This is an example of habituation! When you drive the same route repeatedly, such as your daily commute to work or home, you may find that you sometimes reach your destination without consciously remembering the specific details of the journey. Your brain has become so accustomed to the familiar landmarks, turns, and traffic patterns that it no longer needs to actively process all this information to navigate the route successfully.

In this scenario, habituation helps to reduce cognitive load, allowing your brain to divert attention to other tasks, such as thinking about your day ahead or even daydreaming. This efficiency can be helpful, but it also means you’re less likely to notice changes in your environment unless they’re significant enough to break through this habituated state. This is why changing visuals in a habitual environment, like an office, can re-engage attention and refresh perception, similar to taking a new route on your drive and suddenly paying more attention to your surroundings.

Engaging Environments
Promote Interest, Energy & Community

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Vibrant engaged group. Focusing on easily changing visuals.

Guess who creatively tries
to combat Habituation?

  1. Google Offices: Google is renowned for its vibrant and ever-changing office designs. The use of bold colors, thematic decorations reflecting local culture, and dynamic workspaces are intended to stimulate creativity and prevent sensory stagnation.
  2. Etsy Headquarters: Etsy’s office design includes craft-inspired decor that often changes. This approach not only reflects the company’s brand identity as a marketplace for handmade goods but also keeps the environment fresh and engaging for employees.

Just the Facts ma’am…
(check your Dragnet quotes)

  1. The Impact of Environmental Changes on Workplace Productivity: A study from the University of Exeter found that employees who have control over the design and layout of their workspace are not only happier and healthier but also up to 32% more productive.
  2. Visual and Environmental Variability: Research indicates that environmental variability can enhance mood and morale, which are critical components of employee engagement and productivity.
  3. Branding and Employee Engagement: Changing branding elements like logos, color schemes, and overall aesthetics can reinforce company values and make employees feel more connected to the corporate mission, thereby enhancing engagement

Revitalize your workspace steps:

  • Frequency of Changes: It’s important to balance the frequency of changes to avoid overwhelming employees. Periodic updates can provide fresh stimuli without causing distraction.
  • Employee Involvement: Involving employees in decisions about workplace design can increase their commitment to and satisfaction with their work environment.
  • Consistency With Brand Identity: Any changes in office graphics or branding should be consistent with the broader brand identity to reinforce company values and culture.

Changing the visual environment in an office by updating branding or wall graphics can indeed help in maintaining high levels of engagement among employees. This approach leverages the human brain’s responsiveness to new stimuli, counteracting habituation and fostering a dynamic and stimulating workplace.

Refresh, Reengage, Reconnect
The Power of Regularly Updating
Office Graphics and Branding


In an office environment, regularly updating wall graphics and branding elements can be an effective strategy for maintaining employee engagement and fostering a sense of community, especially in challenging times. Here’s how such an approach could be creatively implemented:

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Example of Dynamic Office Visual Strategy:

1. Thematic Wall Graphics: Change the themes of the office wall graphics monthly or quarterly to reflect various aspects of the company such as its mission, core values, recent achievements, or even seasonal themes. This not only keeps the environment visually stimulating but also reinforces the company’s identity and values continually.

2. Employee Spotlights: Dedicate a section of the wall for featuring different employees each month, showcasing their contributions, personal stories, or hobbies. This helps personalize the workspace and builds a connection among team members.

3. Project Highlights: Display current projects, celebrate completed ones, and preview upcoming initiatives. This keeps everyone informed and can boost a sense of involvement and accomplishment.

4. Customer Stories and Feedback: Create displays showing customer testimonials, case studies, or stories of how the company’s services have impacted clients. This can boost morale and remind everyone of the meaningful work they contribute to.

5. Interactive Elements: Incorporate interactive elements like a feedback wall or a vision board where employees can post ideas or thoughts about the workplace or future company initiatives. This encourages participation and gives employees a voice in the office culture.

Brightening the Workplace:

How Dynamic Visuals
Can Transform High-Vacancy Offices

Employee Engagement and Belonging: By continuously updating the office environment, employees feel a renewed connection to the workplace each time they see a new display. This is particularly beneficial during times like those currently faced by the Twin Cities, where the office vacancy rate stands at 22.6 percent—one of the highest in the U.S. Frequent updates can make the office a more appealing place to come to, countering feelings of isolation or disconnection that might arise from seeing empty desks or underutilized spaces.

Remote and Hybrid Work Integration: With a significant portion of the workforce still operating remotely, integrating elements that reflect remote employees’ contributions with visual updates can help bridge the gap between remote and onsite teams. This inclusive approach ensures that all members feel they are part of the ongoing company narrative, regardless of their physical location.

Statistical Context:

As of 2024, the percentage of U.S. workers who are working from home full-time has evolved since the early days of the pandemic. Approximately 14% of employed adults are currently working from home all the time, while 35% of those who have jobs that can be done remotely are working from home full-time​ (Pew Research Center)​​ (Cloudwards)​.

For employers navigating this shift, maintaining a sense of community and connectedness is crucial. Updating office visuals is a tangible way to contribute to this, ensuring those who come into the office feel welcomed and valued, and those who are remote still feel connected to the company’s daily life.

Incorporating these dynamic visual strategies in the office not only helps to maintain a vibrant and engaging workplace but also plays a critical role in building and sustaining company culture, enhancing employee satisfaction, and ultimately, retention, during uncertain times

Transform Your Workspace
How WallPossible's Subscription Service
Revitalizes Office Environments

WallPossible’s subscription service can provide substantial benefits to companies looking to keep their office environments vibrant and engaging. 

Here’s how this service can be particularly advantageous:

  1. Rapid Updates and Flexibility: Since WallPossible uses UV-cured inks for direct wall printing, it allows for quick changes to the office décor. Unlike traditional vinyl wall graphics, which require extensive preparation and drying times, WallPossible can update graphics quickly—potentially as soon as the next day. This minimizes downtime in the office and allows for frequent refreshes that keep the environment stimulating.
  2. Ease of Implementation: The use of UV-cured inks directly on the wall simplifies the installation process. There’s no need for the lengthy wall repair and paint curing required for replacing vinyl graphics, making it a more straightforward and less disruptive option.
  3. Customization and Collaboration: WallPossible offers the flexibility to work with a company’s in-house design team or to utilize their own graphic services. This allows for custom designs that can reflect the company’s brand, celebrate specific events, highlight achievements, or even echo seasonal themes, ensuring that the wall graphics are always aligned with the company’s current focus and culture.
  4. Employee Engagement and Productivity: Regular updates to the workplace environment can combat habituation, where employees become desensitized to static surroundings. Refreshing wall graphics not only brightens the workspace but can also boost morale and productivity by making the space more dynamic and interesting.
  5. Cultural and Brand Reinforcement: By continuously updating office visuals, companies can reinforce their mission and values visually. This constant reminder can help strengthen employee alignment with the company’s goals and enhance a sense of belonging and loyalty.

 

By providing a subscription service that offers easy, rapid changes to décor, WallPossible helps businesses maintain a workplace that is not only physically appealing but also psychologically stimulating, fostering an environment conducive to creativity and efficiency.

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