Hiring talented people is just the first step in fostering an innovative and creative environment. Creativity can’t be forced, but the right setting will put your team in a good position to find visionary solutions. Your team should thrive in their work environment. Here are six ways to boost creativity.
1. BE FLEXIBLE
A relaxed and flexible work environment increases your team’s productivity by letting ideas flow. Contrary to popular belief, duress doesn’t foster innovations. It represses creativity. Lighten up. Things don’t always happen as planned and when employees see that you are open to going with the flow once in a while, there will be no tension.
2. ENCOURAGE DIVERSITY
Different thoughts and perspectives fuel creativity. Having a group with varied sets of ideas and problem-solving approaches helps push your startup forward. Embrace and celebrate individuality in your team.
3. ENCOURAGE RISK-TAKING
Innovation blooms in an environment that encourages risk. Encourage your employees to express and carry out their “crazy” ideas. Create a work environment where your employees can think outside the box without fear.
4. REWARD INNOVATION
Everyone wants to be recognized for something. It doesn't have to be monetary rewards.
Simply acknowledging their creativity will motivate your employees more than you think. Rewards can also be in form of career opportunities and other perks.
5. DON'T MICROMANAGE
No one likes a boss that micromanages. Micromanagement results in anxiety and stifles creativity. Explain the goals of a project without restricting the creative. Leave the decisions to your employees. You hired them for a reason. Let them do their work.
6. EMPOWER EACH INDIVIDUAL
Each and every individual on your team contributes to the bottom line. Enable them to excel in their roles, regardless of their position. This will build a sense of ownership that will lead to meeting and exceeding expectations.
Creativity is the ultimate competitive advantage, but fostering creativity doesn't mean that you shouldn't have a business plan, or you shouldn't have any order in running your business. A successful business is still all about execution, so you still need to give clear expectations to your employees.