Commercial Architects at OTJ Report Positive Correlation Between Holiday Décor and Workplace Productivity

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A festive workplace ambiance may not be the distracting, productivity killer it was once thought to be. According to OTJ Architects, the holidays are a wonderful chance to boost employee morale and portray a positive impression to customers and clients.

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Following this motivational theory and what our design consultants have seen, the presence of holiday decorations within an office does in fact provide a positive effect on the workplace dynamic, both outside and within the business.

The professional commercial architects at OTJ Architects are reporting a growing trend between office holiday decorations and workplace productivity. As a long time branding, recruiting and retention expert for clients of all types across the nation, OTJ Architects has seen first-hand how an employee’s physical environment can impact workplace productivity, job satisfaction and creativity.

OTJ Architects’ report is affirmed by a new study conducted by the British Council for Offices claiming an employee’s workplace is responsible for as much as 24 percent of his/her job satisfaction level. Moreover, a creative office design can decrease absenteeism by 15 percent and increase productivity between 5-20 percent.

“Every year there are discussions about whether office decorations help or hinder workplace productivity,” says Lance Jaccard, Partner at OTJ Architects. “But following this motivational theory and what our design consultants have seen, the presence of holiday decorations within an office does in fact provide a positive effect on the workplace dynamic, both outside and within the business.”

Nearly every retail business decorates its store in a holiday fashion each year between October and December. These businesses have claimed a festive atmosphere creates a warm and inviting environment for shoppers. For commercial businesses, the perks of a festive atmosphere are even greater, according to the architecture consultants at OTJ Architects. They include:

  •     Boost in employee productivity
  •     Greater perception of a company’s well-being
  •     Relationship building between employees in various departments
  •     Warm and inviting atmosphere for business clients
  •     Decrease in employee absenteeism

“Holiday decorations help add a friendly and caring feeling to an office making it a more inviting environment,” says Laura Kennington, OTJ’s Director of Business Development and Marketing. “It’s a subtle reminder that the company cares about their employees beyond the work they are doing. Even small reminders like this help with employee recruitment and retention.”

According to the study, corporations no longer consider money spent on upgrading workspaces and facilities as expenses, but treat it as a long-term investment. Whether it’s creating a festive environment to boost morale or creating work environments with innovative designs to increase worker comfort and productivity, an office’s environment is increasingly critical in achieving business objectives.

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About OTJ Architects
OTJ Architects is a well-respected architecture and interior architecture design firm that has successfully completed thousands of projects throughout the country. Founded in 1990, OTJ is comprised of five studios headquartered in Washington, DC, with more than 60 architects and designers, many of whom are LEED Accredited Professionals. The responsive architecture and interior architecture consultants create effective environments through listening, understanding and tailored design. These designs focus on helping clients enhance collaboration, company branding and employee recruitment and retention. OTJ’s design teams provide clients with personalized attention to create workplace solutions that reflect their unique, individual needs.

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