Beating the office blues


The Impact of Colour report, commissioned by Konica Minolta has found that employees’ psychological wellbeing is 72 percent less positive when working in a blue environment as opposed to any other colour.

The colour was found to create greater job dissatisfaction and unrest amongst employees.


Out of those surveyed, 64 percent working in a blue office were found to be less positive about their work-life balance, 51 percent were dissatisfied with pay and benefits and 40 percent were less than happy with job security.


Those working in a yellow environment were found to be 72 percent more positive and 85 percent reported feeling more energised and focused.


The colour red was found to have the greatest impact on employees’ relationships and emotions. Despite the fact that some employees reported feeling angrier in a red office, 65 percent of those surveyed working is red offices admitted the colour had a positive effect on work relationships. 58 percent of employees reported feeling more motivated by their colleagues and 40 percent felt motivated by their managers.


Black was found to bring out a tougher and more corporate attitude among employees and 52 percent of survey respondents believed themselves to be least productive while working in a grey office.


Robert Sethre, marketing strategies and communication manager, said: "This study shows that it’s not just Monday mornings, rush hour or having to work late that can affect the office environment. Colour has a huge impact on the workplace in many ways and its importance shouldn’t be underestimated."