1. Create the Right Atmosphere
Most professionals would agree that a cave-like workplace isn’t very inspiring. Dark cubicles, spaces where everything is beige or gray, and worn-out furniture make the environment feel drab and uncomfortable.
By creating a workspace that feels vibrant and energetic, you can boost your team’s mood. Sunlight, vivid colors, updated furniture, plants, and a functional layout featuring a combination of community and quiet spaces enhance the atmosphere, making it more comfortable, enjoyable, and inspiring.
2. Provide Some Autonomy
While managers should certainly set clear expectations for their team, they should also avoid micromanaging. If you aren’t just telling your employees what they need to accomplish but also precisely how they need to handle the task, you are stymying creativity.
Instead, provide your workers with a degree of autonomy. Delegate an activity and let them know the needed outcome. Then, give them the room to approach the work as they see fit. This allows your employees to use their creativity when it comes to the “how” of their responsibilities, making it that kind of thinking a stronger force in your workplace.
3. Promote Knowledge-Sharing
When your team freely shares what they know, they all become more capable. Knowledge-sharing can introduce your employees to new skills, ideas, and perspectives. Along the way, this may spark an innovation or give them a piece of information that helps them solve a problem that previously had them stuck.
4. Support Smart Risk-Taking
Usually, the fear of making a mistake is what holds professionals back creatively. However, but supporting smart risk-taking and giving them the room to explore, even if that means the occasional misstep, your team will be more likely to present new ideas and take things in different directions.
5. Have Fun as a Team
Teams that have fun together are often more productive and collaborative. Since everyone enjoys each other’s company, they are more likely to share ideas, break down silos, and be innovative.
A culture that creates room for playfulness, humor, and fun is typically more creative. Plus, when the sense of comradery is strong, the workplace usually feels more inclusive, as well. Further, the ability to laugh while at work can keep stress levels lower, making it easier to face challenging times and remain positive, ensuring anxiety doesn’t hinder their ability to be creative.
Learn More About Building More of An Innovation Culture
Ultimately, all five of the options above can spark creativity in the workplace. If you’d like to know more about how you can build an innovation culture, the team at The Armada Group can help. Contact usto discuss your questions with one of our staff members today and see how our expertise can benefit you.