Creativity in the workplaceEvery entrepreneur puts an extremely high
value on creativity in the workplace. After all, the ability to come up with
new and innovative ideas is vital in keeping up and outsmarting the
competition. Thankfully, everyone has creative potential. Creativity is a
highly teachable skill and can be harnessed with the proper approach.

Tips
for Harnessing Creativity in the Workplace 
 

The process of developing a creative mind
does not take any special training. In fact, it can be encouraged by following
these simple tips:

Ask
questions.
Experts agree that creative thinking can
be encouraged by asking unusual and open-ended questions. By asking such
questions, the brain will work harder to come up with a variety of ideas. From
these, new and exciting ideas may be developed.

Promote
a culture of confidence.
Fear hinders creativity so
it would be in your best interest if you can build
a more positive environment
. Encourage everyone to speak their mind and contribute
to the discussion. Build your employees’ confidence by eliminating fear in the
workplace and try to welcome every idea, no matter how different or weird it
may be.

Uncover
new sources of information.
You can spark your
creative genius by going out of your normal route and uncovering new sources of
information. Seek out diverse opinions from a wider group and you may just come
up with new ideas that can help you accomplish your business goals.

Offer
rewards.
You can motivate your people to think more
creatively by offering some form of tangible (monetary incentives) or
intangible (recognition) rewards. Just make sure the ideas will be taken
seriously or your employees may think that you are just wasting their time and
energy.

Get
out of the conference room.
While brainstorming can
help you come up with some fresh ideas, you should take
a break to unleash your inner creativity
. It is a good idea to take your
team out of the office and have some fun when you feel that their creativity is
dwindling. Sometimes, all it takes is a change of scenery and a more positive
frame of mind to spark creativity.  

Foster
diversity in the workplace.
Mix people of different
experiences, backgrounds and specialties to ensure a continuity of fresh, new
ideas. Keep in mind that the more diverse the group is, the higher the chance
of getting innovative ideas.

Allow
employees to work on their pet projects and initiatives.
Some companies claim that allowing their employees to devote 10% to
20% of their productive time to side projects and initiatives encourage people
to think innovatively.

No matter how you look at it, creativity
remains to be one of the most vital components that can help determine the
success of any business so it would be in your best interest if you can enhance
your employees’ creativity and put it to good use.