Art for Workplace Communities

Program to mitigate social isolation and workplace loneliness, improve team spirit and morale through workplace Art club Initiatives.

  • Format: Online Video Sessions with Instructor
  • Duration: 30 Mins x 12 Sessions
  • Art Material Provided (optional)

Program Description

Art for Workplace Communities is designed to build a sense of community and team purpose in the workplace, as a means to combat social isolation and workplace loneliness. We use principles from social learning through Communities of Practice to help teams use Art as a focal point for building resilient and emotionally strong teams.

The positive interpersonal interactions between team members through the medium of art promotes workplace well being and good employee mental health.

This program does not require artistic ability. We work with client stakeholders to understand the current work culture and team dynamics to design a bespoke program, that addresses team needs.

Social Isolation and Workplace Loneliness

Unmoored from their physical work locations, millions of workers are now using virtual means of interaction during the ongoing pandemic. As a result, the crippling sense of loneliness and isolation have had a debilitating effect on employee morale, motivation and productivity.

Vivek Murthy, a former United States Surgeon General, writes in an HBR article that the most common pathology he saw was not heart-disease or diabetes, but loneliness. Dr Murthy says that “Loneliness is also associated with a greater risk of cardiovascular disease, dementia, depression, and anxiety”.

At work, loneliness reduces task performance, limits creativity, and impairs other aspects of executive function such as reasoning and decision making.

Dr Vivek Murthy, Former United States Surgeon General

Forging Connections Through Art

Art has been extensively used by clinical psychologists to strengthen communities due to the nature of the artistic process. The socio-emotional benefits of art-making improve the dynamics within communities, sensitizing people to each other and their needs.

The Art for Workplace Communities program uses art as a focal point to build interpersonal relationships in teams. WFA consultants work closely with client stakeholders to understand the current team dynamic as well as work-culture considerations to design a bespoke, Community of Practice program.

Internal Arts Clubs that evolved from such programs create a strong bond among participants, helping them understand each other’s perspectives and viewpoints. WFA facilitators gently facilitate these sessions to ensure program objectives are met over the course of the sessions.

For more information on how an Arts program can help build strong Workplace communities, please get in touch.