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Red or blue meeting rooms: does it matter? The impact of colour on perceived productivity, social cohesion and wellbeing

Januari 2013 | Iris Bakker, Theo van der Voordt, Jan de Boon, Peter Vink

The purpose of this paper is to establish the influences of the colours red and blue on perceived well being, social  cohesion and productivity in complex real life work conditions during regular meetings.

Design/methodology/approach

In  total,  seven  regular  government  teams  held  seven  regular meetings in red, blue and reference meeting rooms. In literature it is often mentioned that red is a warm and blue a cool colour. To be able to test the warmth and coldness effects the authors have amplified the warm and cold qualities with light colour and colour of the table top desk. The employees were asked to complete questionnaires concerning perceived well being, social cohesion and productivity.

Findings

The findings did not show any effects of the red and blue environment on perceived well being, social cohesion and productivity. The authors assume the processes in real life work situations are too complex to measure influences.

 

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Theo van der Voordt

Theo van der Voordt

Senior Researcher │Msc, Civil Engineering