Studies Show How Surroundings Affect Mood, Health

A study from Ohio State University and the National Institute of Mental Health showed white-collar workers in an old office building — with low ceilings and loud air conditioners — were significantly more stressed than those in a newer space with skylights and open cubicles. A separate study shows that wall color can affect performance: Red seems to enhance skills related to accuracy, while blue walls encourage creativity.

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

Our last word in business is a concept to take to your boss, office design can affect performance.

STEVE INSKEEP, host:

The Wall Street Journal reports on a study from Ohio State University and the National Institute of Mental Health. White-collar workers in an old office building with low ceilings and loud air conditioners, were significantly more stressed than their counterparts in a newer space with skylights and open cubicles. Workers in the old building were stressed even when they were not in the office.

MONTAGNE: Yet, another study shows that wall color can affect performance.

INSKEEP: Red seems to enhance skills related to accuracy and attention to detail.

MONTAGNE: While blue walls encourage creativity.

And that is the business news on MORNING EDITION from NPR News reporting a lovely open space with skylights, palm trees, and actually, I've got a blue wall, Steve.

I'm Renee Montagne

INSKEEP: Reporting from a gray and windowless room, I'm Steve Inskeep.

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