Studies Show How Surroundings Affect Mood, Health
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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