It’s a common fact that one of the ways to improve productivity at work is by fostering creativity. If you make your workers follow a particular method, they won’t perform at their best. They are more likely to offer outstanding results if you don’t confine what they do. Or how they do it!
One thing that many business owners don’t get is there are many ways to achieve a particular result. Just because you don’t follow someone else’s way doesn’t mean it won’t offer the same goals. In fact, other ways could well be more efficient than yours!
If you want to foster creativity in your workplace, these simple steps can help you on the right track. Here is what you need to know:
Give your office environment a revamp
Quite often the place where people work will hamper their creativity. These days businesses seldom stick to tradition. It’s important that workers feel happy and comfortable with their surroundings. When that happens, you’ll get more productivity out of them!
For example, get rid of the offices and create a more open working environment. Encourage interaction between staff so they can “bounce ideas” off one another. Don’t segregate teams from each other.
Encourage the use of modern technology
Another one to be more creative at work is to use modern IT equipment. Graphic and Web Designers may wish to use Apple iMac computers instead of slow Pentium PCs. And many workers may prefer the freedom laptops offer over desktops.
High-speed Internet access will also encourage greater productivity. Why? If your workers use online tools each day, they won’t have to wait for your ‘net connection to do something!
You should also consider operating a “bring your own device” policy. Many workers prefer to use their own systems, especially when it comes to creative work. The bonus for you is that you’ll spend less on IT equipment!
Just be sure you test and tag the equipment they bring into your workplace. After all; you don’t want a dodgy charger to set your office on fire, for example!
Encourage flexible working
Sometimes it’s better to let people do some work from the comfort of their homes. There will be times in a project where workers need 100% distraction-free time. They can often seek solace in their home, away from other people.
More companies realise the benefits that flexible working can offer their firms. It’s something you should consider embracing too.
Make your working environment more fun
The concept of “stuffed suits” working in a silent office is now outdated. These days, it’s important to make work more fun. Especially in roles that aren’t that interesting!
For instance, you could create a recreation room where staff can play on an Xbox, watch TV or play pool. Sometimes it’s good to have a break from work to rethink one’s project strategies.
Reward people’s creativity
Last, but not least, you should reward people for being creative. It ensures their efforts don’t go unnoticed. And it means you can keep on expecting the same level of brilliant work.