Do your employees express their ideas to you? Do they ever have thoughts about their own jobs, or ways they think the business could be more efficient?
If not, then you might be operating a workplace in which employee creativity is being squelched. Today an absence of creativity in your company can condemn your firm to second-tier status. It may even lead your company out of business.
Whatever the industry, creativity is necessary to generate new ideas and rethink processes. Getting your employees to think creatively can mean that you have a whole team of people trying to develop your business. Not always, but usually employees will not apply their creative minds to your company unless you encourage them to do so.
One of the easiest ways to foster creativity is to listen to employees when they bring their ideas to you. You can also get ideas from them, by sending out an email asking them if they have any strategies for enhancement, whether big or small. When an employee does have an idea, listen to it! You don’t necessarily have to use their idea, but it’s essential to show them respect.
If you assume that your employees don’t have good ideas, then you may be missing out. In addition, not listening to them, or disregarding ideas will encourage your employees to do the bare minimum. You will end up with a bunch of people working for the weekend.
To truly stimulate creativity, reward those employees who do come up with powerful ideas. This could mean paying a small bonus to those employees whose ideas you use. It could mean praising employees in company newsletters or memos. It could even mean an in-person “thank you.”
Most employees want to be innovative. Most have thoughts on how to enhance their places of employment. However, in too many work environments, creativity simply isn’t emphasized. Break this trend, and encourage your staff to really think about their company. The rewards you receive could be tremendous.