How to Encourage Creativity at the Workplace

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Encouraging Workplace Creativity

Is your creativity being hindered by processes? Lack of ideas? Majority of workplaces get used to the everyday schedule and expectations, which can sometimes lead to a lack of creative ideas. Luckily there are plenty of ways to encourage creative thinking with your team. According to this article from Marketing Donut, here are the 10 ways by which you can bring out your creative side:

  1. Stress the importance of creativity. Remind them that creative ideas are welcome and that the status-quo can be challenged with the right focus.
  2. Make time for brainstorming. Schedule actual brainstorming session and get everyone’s ideas out in the open.
  3. Actively solicit ideas. Share upcoming projects and tasks ahead of time to get people’s interest and engagement.
  4. Train staff in innovation techniques. Concepts such as mind-mapping might be worthwhile to get the team inspired.
  5. Cross-fertilise. Getting employees involved in tasks or projects outside of their department can spark ideas. Get people collaborating and experiencing a different role for a short period of time.
  6. Challenge the way the staff works. Ideas can get stale after a while, keep challenging your team to come up with “out of the box” ideas and concepts in addition to the already established expectations.
  7. Be supportive. No such thing as a bad idea right? Not everything is going to be a hit, but praising the effort and giving constructive feedback will not deter further creativity.
  8. Tolerate mistakes. Every creative idea is accompanied by a certain level of risk. As long as the mistake is used to learn and move forward.
  9. Reward creativity. Whether through tangible awards or company/department-wide recognition, praising exceptional creative ideas can excite others to get involved.
  10. Act on ideas. Sometimes leadership forgets to execute a great idea that the team comes up with. Actual implementation illustrates the importance of coming up with creative ideas.

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