To keep up with the rapid evolution of practically every industry around the globe, you must promote innovation at work. It is important to encourage innovation in your employees so they may be of the greatest value to the business, even if your business is not involved directly in what is known to be a creative industry. Much can be done to promote innovation in the workplace but there are a few major ideas that stand out from the pack as being the most effective.
Start with your company’s workplace culture. Is it laid back, easy-going, flexible, and fun? If this isn’t the case, then it is creating a huge impediment to workplace innovation. You should consider creating a more comfortable and fun workplace for employees by incorporating a casual dress code, more flexible scheduling, remote working options, team based competitions and fun days like costume days and bring your pet to work days. A fun, comfortable environment ensures that your employees are able to work and innovate at their best.
When hiring new employees, look out for candidates that can easily identify and fall into place with your company’s culture. Remember, someone that compliments your company’s team may not necessarily be someone that agrees with you, and try to make your company’s team as diverse as possible. Variation in your team’s personalities, capabilities, and backgrounds with a unified team vision is the best possible scenario for fostering the highest amount of innovation at work. These different people will all inspire and build upon each other, creating the strongest and most brilliant possible working team.
You also want to make sure that the employees you are hiring are truly passionate about what they do in the workplace. Try finding people that are not only passionate about their work but are also passionate about the company and its culture. These are the kind of people who are excited to wake up and go out to work every day, and the ones that will give 100% when needing to come up with new ideas to help expand business growth or pivot in an entirely new direction.
Finally, make sure that you give your employees plenty of time off to recharge and rejuvenate their minds and spirits. Burned out employees don’t make good innovators because they lack the motivation and energy required to create and brainstorm. Always be on the watch for employees who show a tendency to be workaholics and encourage them not to work overtime and to take their allotted vacation time when you notice them starting to show signs of wear and tear.
It’s reasonably simple to encourage your employees to be more innovative at work, if you just keep in mind that innovation is formed by happiness, comfort, motivation, and energy. If you make sure these vital attributes are all in place at work for your employees, their levels of creativity and brilliance will astound you. They just need you to foster the right kind of environment for their innovation to thrive at work.