Creativity is the act of turning new and imaginative ideas into reality. It involves overcoming a problem by looking for solutions that aren’t always obvious or predictable. Creativity has now become an essential factor for any organization to keep business moving forward. Creativity not only fosters a desire to learn, it also generates productivity and teamwork. By incorporating creative methods in the workplace, employees will feel more valued and maintain passion for what they do.
By encouraging employees to think outside the box when problem solving, employee engagement, staff morale, and motivation will increase. This can be done by setting aside time for brainstorming or team meetings. Welcome disagreeing ideas to spark diverse solutions and strategies within the group.
Put into practice processes that drive creativity. For example, goal boards, where you identify goals or strategies that the team is working on each week, can help employees visualize what tasks need to be carried out to achieve them. Suggestion boxes allow employees to share their ideas anonymously, which can encourage more participation. Additionally, more and more organizations are ditching cubicles and designing a more open office space to increase employee engagement and collaboration.
Implementing creativity is vital in offering new and exciting solutions for your customers, generating new business, as well as providing a fun, collaborative work environment for employees.
-Lori L. Palmer, President, REB Storage Systems International