“If you love what you do, you never have to work another day in your life” – Marc Anthony.
Every company has the potential of offering a fun, energetic and creative environment. This is a positive place where people can be trusted to do their jobs because they are happy and inspired by their employer’s engagement strategy.
An engagement strategy is a business plan that focuses on keeping employees engaged in the work they are doing. This can be accomplished by making cultivating workplace creativity a priority. Cultivating workplace creativity is proven to increase employee productivity, retention, and sales. As a result, companies have larger profits and happier workers. Many companies have engagement strategies, but fail to implement them. So try these five simple tips and see how workplace creativity strategies improves your business.
Apply motivational techniques to everyday tasks to improve workplace creativity. Video games hook their users with quick responses, goals, badges, transparency, competition, leveling up, and collaboration. These same methods can be applied in the workplace.
- Quick Responses. Use weekly meetings to provide feedback and evaluations. Encourage employees to offer ideas via email and respond daily.
- Goals. Set clear, achievable, short term goals
- Badges. Provide awards or praise when employees reach these goals. Some companies use a point system. Employees accrue points for reaching short term goals which can then be accumulated and traded in for larger prizes.
- Transparency. Let each employee know where they stand vs other employees.
- Competition. Transparency, goals, and badges create competition in the workplace. Competition is a great way to keep members engaged and cultivate creativity.
- Leveling Up. Offer training and opportunities for advancement
- Collaboration. Encourage people to team up, bounce ideas off each other and assist each other in reaching the goals.
Some people work best with an open floor plan. Others work best with a closed office space. Why not have both? Offer options for a person’s own style. Either a shared work table or a private cubicle. When a person is comfortable in their environment, they will perform better.
People are more creative in a creative environment. SO ADD COLOR! Instead of standard fluorescent lights, use colorful lamp shades. And put art on the walls. No one wants to live in a beige world, so why are offices painted beige or white? My high school math teacher painted our classroom bubble gum pink. It was a horrible color, but he said it would make us focus better, and it actually did. But I don’t recommend bubble gum pink. Instead, warm earth tones work well too.
Motion gets the blood pumping, reduces fatigue and increases creativity. Encourage regular stretching breaks. Teach techniques that can be employed at the desk like head rolls. Offer a space for walking or stretching during lunch breaks.
WORKPLACE CREATIVITY CULTIVATED OUTSIDE OF THE WORKPLACE
Lastly, to cultivate creativity in the workplace, sponsor activities outside the workplace. A company softball team, wine and paint night or a weekend hike. Community service projects are also great ways to bond employees and make them feel good about themselves. Employees who feel good about themselves are more creative and loyal.