Creating a Sensational Workplace Through the Senses!


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Have you ever felt that your office environment is a bit sterile and soulless?

How we feel at work can affect our performance as much as what we know. By forgetting about our senses, employers are missing out on powerful drivers of enjoyment, motivation, creativity, mood and energy…it’s common sense!

This presentation explores strategies and ideas for reconnecting with our senses to help create a happy, healthy and more productive workplace.

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Creating a Sensational Workplace Through the Senses!

  1. 1. Sylvia a SensationalWorkplace Through the Senses!
  2. 2. Overview• Why our working environment matters• The impact of staff wellbeing on workperformance• The benefits of engaging the senses• Factors to consider in designing a multi-sensory workplace• Creating a sensory action plan for youroffice
  3. 3. Frightening Facts about theWorkplace!• We spend nearly 100,000 hours at work duringour lifetime…equivalent to 11 and a half years!• On average, we moan about work for nearly 15minutes a day, which equates to 106 days in theaverage person’s life!• We spend 60 hours a year listening to “muzak”while waiting to speak to a real person in a callcentre• In our lifetime, we spend an equivalent of fouryears on the phone at work
  4. 4. How We Feel at Work Matters• Our senses affect our moods, thoughtsand behaviours• A positive mood encourages greatercreativity• A pleasant odour improves problemsolving and performance levels• A bad odour lowers tolerance levels andincreases frustration
  5. 5. Working with the SensesMakes Good Sense!1. Stimulate creativity (quality & problem solving)2. Aid concentration and learning (productivity)3. Boost to energy levels (productivity)4. Improved perception of company quality (staffrecruitment)5. Greater connection between staff and thebrand they represent (brand alignment)6. Overall feeling of well-being (motivation andloyalty)
  6. 6. How to Create aMulti-Sensory WorkplaceTwo ways of working with the senses:1. “Conceptual” (top-down)2. “Practical” (bottom up)Conceptual approach:• What story do you want to tell about yourbrand? Start with the “essence” of yourbrand to identify an over-arching theme
  7. 7. Examples of Strong Brand ThemesFor inspiration, visit
  8. 8. How to Create aMulti-Sensory WorkplacePractical approach – perform a “sensory audit” inyour workplace:• Identify the key sensory discomforts in youroffice• Objectively walk through your workplace, fromthe point of view of a newcomer. What do theysee, hear, touch, taste and smell? What wouldbe their first impressions?
  9. 9. Sensory Elements to Consider:Visual AspectsColour scheme: calming or stimulating?COOLCOLOURS(relaxing)WARMCOLOURS(stimulating)
  10. 10. Sensory Elements to Consider:Office Equipment SoundsKey areas to evaluate:• Telephone & TV• Volume levels• “White noise”
  11. 11. Sensory Elements to Consider:Smell & TasteINVIGORATING:RELAXING:
  12. 12. Examine the materials used for your:• Flooring• Seating• Tables• Clothing / uniformsSensory Elements to Consider:Textiles and Textures
  13. 13. Creating a Sensory Action PlanTaking each sense in turn, create a list ofpriority actions which are:• “Aspirational” (promote the brand theme)• “Functional” (address practical issues)Document all of these points in a structuredaction plan.
  14. 14. Example Sensory Action PlanSensory dimension: TextureZONE BRAND THEMEeg “NATURE”SENSORY AUDITREMARKSRECOMMENDEDACTIONSRECEPTIONAREAIntroduce tactiledisplays of naturalobjects – pebbles,dried flowers etcSeating area isstark and uninvitingAdd tactile displaysPurchase cushionsin natural coloursand textilesWASHROOM Integrate naturaltextures into thisspaceHot watertemperature isunpleasantly highTactile artworkVisit hotels for ideasAddress watertemperatureOUTDOORSPACECreate a smallseating area withfragrant plants – anoffice “oasis”Plants have beenchosen forrobustness, lacktactile appealExpand plant rangeto encourageinteraction /appreciation
  15. 15. Bringing it all Together:Ensure “Sensorial Synergy”• The senses need to support one another• The experience of one sense cannot beseparated from others• Double check that your sensory actionplan is consistent and aligned
  16. 16. Any Questions?Contact