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How to Encourage Creativity in the Workplace

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As a leading provider of business payroll services, we have been exposed to the procedures and cultures of many workplaces, both efficient and otherwise. One of the difficulties experienced by many workplaces, but something which no doubt creates better attitudes towards work and more innovative results, is the encouragement of creative problem solving.

Creative responses to challenges in the workplace lead to original, innovative ideas, greater employee engagement and employees feeling appreciated and valued, which is beneficial to workplaces and employees alike. Below are some ideas for encouraging creativity in the workplace.

 
Give all employees the opportunity to share ideas

Before stepping forward with new and innovative ideas, employees need the confident to do so. They need to feel that their ideas will be appreciated. This is largely enabled by regular idea sharing. Ask all of your employees regularly “What do you think we should do about..?” or “How would you go about..?” and ensure that every employee gets a chance to share ideas during meetings.
 
Hold idea contests when challenges come up

Turning problematic challenges into games reduces stress reactions and allows spaces for creativity.
 
Employ office language that facilitates creativity

  • Pose problems as questions, not finite statements.
  • Praise creative responses. End meetings with a question.
  • Encourage a small amount of “chatting” among staff.

Simple changes to office language such as these can foster creative responses to otherwise challenging scenarios.
 
Flexible working arrangements

As outlined in our previous post regarding flexible working arrangements, statistics show that flexible working arrangements can be mutually beneficial for both employees and companies. One of the benefits of flexible arrangements is that employees become more engaged in their work. This is largely attributable to the fact that they are able to work during the hours in which they are at their best, which is vital for critical and creative engagement.

We understand that flexible working arrangements can lead to a messy payroll for employers, that’s why we provide expert payroll advice and innovative business payroll services. For quality service, look to i3Group, Australia’s trusted payroll providers. Click here to learn more about how i3Group can benefit your business payroll services.

17 Sep, 14

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