HRInsights Weekly Lightbulb 03-21

This Week’s HRI “Lightbulb”  – Office Art No-No

Question:  Why is office art usually ugly and abstract?  Fact:  Anything else would be offensive to someone for some reason one could never predict.  Take the two photos of artwork (below) I found in the lobby of an office (not to be named) that I visited yesterday.  Cute they are, but they also potentially hide an offensive sexist message according to someone I was with, which is “boys play sports, and girls have hobbies”.  Her/his first impression of the company was not positive.   Unless there is a really good reason to display art conveying any political, religious or personal belief, stick with the ugly stuff.  To date, HRInsights has not been able to prove a link between bad business skills and a bad taste in art.

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