How to Stir Creativity in the Workplace
Depending on your company and your personal work style, creativity looks different for everyone. Maybe you’re more of a visual learner and love drawing things out to help you plan or depend on writing things in a notebook to help with your flow while writing.
According to a report by Adobe, 94% of hiring managers say it’s important to consider creativity when hiring a job candidate. Creativity is key to finding new strategies, problem solving, and accomplishing tasks more efficiently. It can also reduce stress and create a more positive work environment. Studies have also found that when employees are creative, they’re most invested in their jobs and in return, more loyal to the company.
But what do you do when you and your employees are stuck in a creative rut?
Here’s some ways you can stir creativity in the workplace:
- Create Trust
- Allow Time For Self Reflection
- Improve Your Office Design
- Show Interest in Your Employees
- Give Constructive Feedback
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Building trust between you and your employees is key to success at any company. According to a report by Harvard Business Review, workers at high-trust companies report 74% less stress, exhibit 50% higher productivity, and experience 40% less burnout. Without trust, it can be hard to feel like you have a reliable team that you can depend on and vice-versa. Here are some ways you can build trust:
- Admit when you’re wrong.
- Strive to communicate effectively.
- Be transparent.
- Follow through with stated tasks and deadlines.
Allow Time for Self Reflection
Self reflection is crucial to being a good leader and helping your other employees thrive in the workplace. It allows for growth as it requires you to sort through past experiences, plan for future situations, and review the results of tasks you’ve accomplished. An example of this is holding monthly meetings with your team where your goal is to reflect on projects from that month. It allows everyone to share their feedback and lets you know what’s working and what isn’t.
Improve Your Office Design
We all need a space where we can be comfortable and inspired on a daily basis. If your workplace feels dull and stagnant, it can be hard to feel creative and accomplish the tasks on hand. Whether your office space has an open floor plan or cubicles, there’s a variety of ways you can make your space more inviting. Here are some things you can consider:
- Update your color scheme with calm colors and accent walls for pops of color.
- Bring in nature with a variety of houseplants or flowers.
- Switch out old lighting for bright, white light.
- Encourage your employees to bring in photos, decorations, and other personal touches.
Show Interest in Your Employees
No one wants to feel like just another employee that could be replaced at work. Studies have shown that employees that feel respected by company leadership are 55% more engaged in their work than those who don’t feel respected by their boss. There’s a variety of simple ways to get to know your employees better whether it’s asking them about their weekend, learning more about their outside interests, or checking in on things they may be going through.
Give Constructive Feedback
Providing feedback is a great way to help your employees tap into their skills and help them improve their work. By providing constructive feedback, they’ll know exactly what to expect and feel more confident in the work they’re doing. It’ll also help them to know that there’s someone they can depend on for help and advice in future situations.
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