5 Ways to Inspire Creativity in the Workplace
As growing technology drives competition both in the marketplace and in the workplace, creativity among employees is becoming more relevant than ever. In an age where innovation is celebrated, it can sometimes be challenging to get those creative juices flowing. These five ways to inspire creativity in the workplace just may change the entire landscape of your organization – for the better.
Develop a Reward System
A reward system can (and should) be both intrinsic and extrinsic. In other words, foster an atmosphere where employees are rewarded with a sense of accomplishment and a job well done. Extrinsic rewards such as time off, taking them to lunch, and even monetary can also be great motivators. However, intrinsic and extrinsic reward systems should be well balanced.
Try an Open Office Floor Plan
Open office floor plans allow employees to collaborate freely because they are not tucked away in separate offices. They can work together and discuss projects without moving from office to office. Benching is a popular open office plan that has become a popular option for many companies. Employee workspaces are not at traditional desks, but at several long tables that are set up in one room. All the employees work in this area without any walls or barriers to communication – and creativity.
Form an Environment that is Conducive to Creativity
While an open office floor plan is certainly a good start, other adjustments like allowing employees to listen to music can have a great impact on creativity. Certain colors also stimulate creativity. Blue, green, and yellow are believed to greatly benefit an innovative workforce while plain white walls actually discourage creative thinking. Posting stimulating pictures, paintings, quotes, and posters around the workspace can also get those juices flowing.
Create a Team Space
Giving your employees a team space for collaboration brings them all together while allowing them their own individual work area. A great team needs to be able to work together in close proximity of each other, but the team members still benefit from their own personal space. This is one of the best ways to get the most from your work teams.
Encourage Creative Thinking
As a manager, it is important to listen to your employees and truly consider their innovative ideas. A person will stop offering new ideas if they are constantly shot down or if they feel no one is listening – they will simply stay in the box. If you want out of the box thinking, then you have to encourage it, nurture it, and take it seriously. Listening and acknowledging will keep the ball rolling.
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