Do you manage a workplace in which staff members feel free to communicate new ideas? Do your workers come to you with new plans or ideas about ways to run company meetings more effectively? Have your employees ever presented ideas for a new marketing plan or recommended topics for the company’s blog?
If this does not sound familiar, your company may be mistakenly stifling employee creativity. A lack of creativity among your employees, in today’s business environment, can spell the doom for your organization and may keep you one step behind the competitors.
Two heads are better then one right? Well what about a whole business? Promoting creativity means you have many individuals thinking of new ways to enhance your products and services, boost workflow efficiency, and improve overall productivity. This can consequently mean saving the company money.
One of the simplest ways to promote creativity is to listen to employees when they bring their ideas to you. You can also get ideas from them, by sending out an email asking them if they have any ideas for enhancement, whether big or small. When a worker does have an idea, listen to it! You don’t necessarily have to use their idea, but it’s crucial to show them respect.
If you presume that your employees do not have good ideas, then you may be missing out. In addition, not listening to them, or disregarding ideas will encourage your employees to do the bare minimum. You will end up with a bunch of people working for the weekend.
To truly inspire creativity, reward those employees who do come up with strong ideas. This could mean having to pay a small bonus to those employees whose ideas you use. It could mean praising employees in company newsletters or memos. It could even mean an in-person “thank you.”
Many people want a job that allows them to be creative. It stimulates their minds and prevents boring redundancy. Many employees also have ideas on how to improve their place of business; they just haven’t voiced them to you. So encourage them to let you know what they think. It doesn’t mean that the way you have been doing things is bad; it just means that they may have ideas that you many not have thought of. Regardless, you and your business will reap the benefits of their creativity and your employees will be happier for it.