Two important surveys that were published on Business Committee for the Arts web site indicate stability in business sponsorship of the arts and the importance of art in the workplace. The responses revealed that art in the workplace helps businesses address some key challenges, such as:
• Reducing stress (78% agree, 8% disagree and 14% neither agree nor disagree).
• Increasing creativity and productivity (64% agree, 11% disagree, and 25% neither agree nor disagree).
• Enhancing morale (67% agree, 13% disagree, and 20% neither agree nor disagree).
• Broadening employee appreciation of diversity and encouraging discussions, and expression of opinions (77% agree, 11% disagree, and 12% neither agree nor disagree).
"The workplace art collection is often an underutilized, sometimes overlooked, business asset," said Judith A. Jedlicka, BCA. "The results of this survey point to the fact that art in the work environment fosters creativity, boosts employee morale and sparks dialogues - all of which are essential to a company's success."
The notion that art in the workplace is not essential or "merely decorative" has been dispelled by a recent survey of more than 800 employees working for 32 companies throughout the United States that have workplace art collections. The survey was distributed to randomly selected companies ranging from food distributors to law firms that have workplace collections. Employees were asked to respond to each question by indicating their response on a graduated scale that ranged from strongly agree to strongly disagree.
While the vast majority (81%) of the respondents indicated that they did not consider art among the deciding factors in working for the company, they overwhelmingly (82%) indicated that art is important in the work environment, and they (73%) reported that their view of the company would change if the art were removed.
(Article originally published by University of Massachusetts, Amherst Fine Arts Center full article here from research carried out in 2004)