Think About Your Office Design
There’s a reason that open-office designs are becoming more popular again post-COVID. When all of your employees are siloed in their own office or cubicles or behind a screen at home, there’s rarely space for impromptu collaboration, which often sparks creativity and creative problem-solving! Even if you have cubicles or offices, ensure plenty of open spaces for gathering that can spark conversations and ideas. Don’t stick everyone under fluorescent lights. Add greenery (plants reduce stress!) and build a unique design that will foster imagination! You can do many things to make your office a safe space to create.
Place a Focus on Diversity
And there are stats to prove this. Harvard Business Review has shared that more diverse companies had 19% higher innovation revenues. McKinsey has found that those with diverse executive teams are 25% more likely to have above-average profitability. A Glassdoor survey results revealed that over 75% of job seekers say that a diverse workforce is an important factor when deciding on a job offer. Where do you think that stems from? Unique perspectives, abilities, and demographics coming together to create!
Preach That Failure is Okay
Harvard Business Review shares that while this can be difficult because you don’t want to tolerate incompetence, there is a way to articulate it at the management level to inspire. You can differentiate between productive and unproductive failures. They state, “Productive failures yield valuable information relative to their cost. A failure should be celebrated only if it results in learning.” You’re celebrating the fact that something was learned, not that it was a failure. So, if things actually weren’t done correctly, now that’s a different story. With correct performance standards and an encouragement to experiment, it’s easy to get this sort of culture started!
Allow Flexibility in Schedules
Actively Reward Creativity
- Start an innovation competition, give the winner the resources they need to implement their idea for the business and a bonus
- Celebrate a creative idea each week in team meetings. Allowing an employee to feel uplifted and excited by recognition is a good way to want to do more!
Have Some Fun at Work
Be a Creative Leader & Steer Your Team Towards Greater Achievements
A study of Adobe data found that 75% of people think that they aren’t living up to their full creative potential. There’s no better gift you can give your team than allowing them to channel their innate creativity. Both for their professional growth and personal growth! If you want to learn how to lead your team towards creative thinking or want to implement company-wide coaching to foster that development, NimblyWise can help. Let’s chat!