Work Environments

Color with Caleigh // Color Neighbors aka: analogous colors

Revisiting our trusty friend the color wheel. Analogous colors are found side by side on the color wheel, which are known as “neighbor” colors. Lets start with my favorite color… green. Green’s neighbors, being blue and yellow, are very cohesive and comfortable when put together in a space. Analogous palettes are great for achieving a space with a calming environment. 


Analogous combinations are usually found in nature, which is why they are so pleasing to the eye. It is important in a retail environment to use analogous colors with a significant amount of contrast so that you can create a space that is comfortable. Creating a comfortable feeling to a retail environment will make it more likely that customers will spend time in your store, and also return in the future. 

 Similar to complementary colors, it is important to choose a dominant color and have the other colors as accents or supporting colors. This may be your brand color. If your brand color is a hunter green try to use pops of a bright sunny yellow and maybe a more muted blue, creating a great backdrop for the green. Causing plenty of visual interest, without being overwhelming. 

If you liked this post make sure to check out our post on complementary colors and bringing life into a space!


Article written by Caleigh Pollard for The Element Group.
Edited by Lyndsay Reese.

Bring LIFE into your space

One of the easiest ways to bring life into your space is through plants. They bring a refreshing update and a connection to nature. This is very helpful for individuals who may not have a view of the outdoors.


Plants help out more than you may realize. Not only do they provide a connection to the outdoors, which promotes positive energy and peace within the space. They also help with the overall indoor air quality of your space. You may have heard that plants can balance the pollutants in the outdoor environment. Trees and plants help offset those pollutants, which can also occur in an indoor space as well, by improving the indoor air quality. Due to the products that are put into a space to create a beautiful environments we work in, most of those products Release gases/ pollutants. Items such as paints, carpets, and fabrics are examples of items that release these gases into your workspace. There are current options of materials that do not release gas, but employers do not commonly use those products. Plants are an easy option that can help balance the air quality from the gases that most products release.


You may be reading this article saying, I am a plant killer, and have a hard time keeping anything alive. There are several plants that require little to no maintenance and can have a big impact on the air quality of your space.

Air plants- This plant is a no brainer, all you have to do is rinse the plant every 2 to 3 weeks. If you forget they will most likely be ok until you water them again because they can survive through long periods of drought.


Snake plants- These don’t need to be in sunlight and only need to be watered once every other week or so, and only about once a month during the winter. These are great large-scale plants with little maintenance.

Succulents- These plants are all the rage right now. One of the reasons why is because they also need little maintenance. They should be planted in soil with a layer of small stones at the bottom of the planter. These only need to be watered once a week if that. If you see them starting to dwindle down, you are probably watering too much.

Aloe- These are a marvelous plant and so easy to maintain. My philosophy with this one is to water it when I remember and they seem to continue to thrive. Watering about once a week or once every other week keeps this plant satisfied. Plus this plant is triple duty. It brings green life into a space, helps with the air pollutants and it is used for healing burns and cuts.


Cactus- This desert plant can survive without being watered for quite some time so once again if you forget to water it… no biggie, just water it when you remember to, just be careful not to over water. Cacti are fun because they not only bring green into a space, but also can come in fun, beautiful, bright, vibrant colors.



Article written by Caleigh Pollard for The Element Group.
Edited by Lyndsay Reese.

Element: Are You In Yours?

Are you in your element today? How about your employees? What does that even mean? Professional athletes have a bit of experience being “in their element,” but they didn’t get there overnight. They were coached. They were given pointers, corrections, and encouragement. Everyone is capable of being in their element, which we’ll define here as being content with where you are, feeling like you are good at what you are doing, and successfully executing the task at hand. Sports figures call this desired state “getting in the zone,” or as some writers like to call it, “getting in the flow.” According to Sir Ken Robinson; author of Finding Your Element: How to Discover Your Talents and Passions and Transform Your Life, finding your “element” is a matter of systematically identifying your talents and passions, then seeking or creating opportunities where these two factors overlap.

As you set out to improve your business team, you’ll notice that the people who are continually surpassing their goals and improving overall business are doing so by “getting in the zone” and finding a way to get in their element at work. However, this behavior won’t last forever if you don’t find successful ways of rewarding them. Having an effective rewards program in place can solve many of your HR issues and increase the overall performance and morale of your entire company.

We often don’t hesitate to let people know when they’ve done something wrong, but we often glance over it when they are doing really well. It’s not always a breeze presenting that sales pitch, greeting customers, or managing a production team, which is why it shouldn’t go unrecognized when someone does an amazing job. Olympic coaches don’t wait until a quarterly meeting to tell their athletes that they landed a jump perfectly, they tell them then and there. You shouldn’t wait to tell your star workers either.

You cut your employees a paycheck and probably offer them some form of benefits package, but are you engaging in the strategic areas of recognition and appreciation? As mentioned in an article, “You can't diminish the importance of recognition and appreciation as integral components of a winning strategic reward system. These two elements rarely receive the attention they deserve from business owners, which is amazing because they're the low-cost/high-return ingredients. Employees like to know whether they're doing good, bad or average, so it's important that you tell them.”

Start by asking yourself: what behaviors are indispensable to my company? Improving customer relationships, critical processes, managerial skills, and increasing sales are typically at the top of the list for most businesses. Once you identify the ones most critical, you can start implementing your own rewards system and begin recognizing exemplary team members. “Congratulations, you’re in your element today,” are great words to hear and when you hand them a gift of appreciation, they’ll be all the more driven for success - and more likely to get in their element more often.

The Element Group wants to know, how do YOU recognize exceptional work? Does your organization have a system for rewarding outstanding employees? Do you know of one that does? Leave your answers in the comments below, and remember – every bit matters!


Article written by Naomi Farr for The Element Group.

Edited by Anna Taylor.

Increase Customer Happiness with Floral Arrangements

What if simply placing fresh flowers in your bank could create a sharing atmosphere and increase happiness of your customers and employees? According to a Rutgers study, it can.

Behavioral research findings have shown that flowers have an immediate impact on happiness. The study also explored where people display flowers. The arrangements were placed in areas of the home that are open to visitors - such as foyers, living rooms and dining rooms - suggesting that flowers are a symbol for sharing. "Flowers bring about positive emotional feelings in those who enter a room," said Dr. Haviland-Jones. "They make the space more welcoming and create a sharing atmosphere." This applies not only to home interiors, but in the workplace and retail environments as well, and affects both women and men similarly. Nature provides a simple way to improve your space and stand out in the marketplace.

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Intrigue your clients with unexpected containers and blooms. Take a cue from modern blogs such as Design*Sponge, Studio Choo and Flower Magazine. People expect to see the standard clear glass vase that has been ordered through a 1-800 number. They’re dulled by it. Show them you are different, that there was thought put into it. Ask your local florist to create an arrangement in a handmade ceramic vase, a pedestal bowl, a series of vintage narrow-neck bottles, or a personality piece such as a teapot or watering can.

Don’t have ample surface space for a large arrangement? A smaller arrangement is fine too. And in fact, sometimes simpler is better. The important thing is to keep it innovative and fresh.

Support your local community by ordering a fresh arrangement each week from a nearby floral designer. You can use the Flower Shop Network to find one near you.  Wedding blogs, such as Sweet Violet Bride, that offer directories by state are also great resources.


Article written by Naomi Farr for The Element Group.