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Creating a Creative Work Environment

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Fostering creativity in the workspace is a valuable asset for independent workers and businesses, alike. Many businesses now see creative workspaces as essential to employee productivity and well-being. Whether you work remotely from home or in a corporate setting, every worker could benefit from an amplified space or a diverse employee community. Building creativity in your employees helps to grow your business by allowing employees to come up with new and innovative ideas and better solutions to interfering problems.


How do you create creativity and innovation in the workspace? More than 16,000 employees found that the three factors that are most impactful in fostering creativity are expectations to be creative, time to be creative, and freedom to take the risks necessary to be creative. I have a few tips and tricks on how this can be done to make the workspace more exciting and welcoming to new ideas.


Expectations to be creative


When an employer sets expectations for the business' creativity, employees will be encouraged to foster the business' creativity. Allowing workers to bring their ideas to the table and elaborate with managers, innovators, and co-workers sets the bar for the flow of creativity and elaboration. Employers need to let their workers know that they value their individuality. They should see their employees as unique and interesting and help them feel comfortable expressing their ideas. Even offering anonymous suggestions could help boost creativity in the workplace if employees feel too intimidated to speak up about their ideas.


It's time to be creative.


You can set the stage for creativity in your workspace. Even if you feel as if there is no time in the workday to be creative, just the placement of whiteboards or blank sheets of white paper around the office and in the breakroom could help innovate creativity. When an idea pops into the heads of co-workers while interacting with co-workers, there will be whiteboards and paper laying around for them to scribble down their ideas. Workers can have an impromptu brainstorming session during the workday by observing some simple human interactions.


Freedom to take risks necessary to be creative


Employers should remain open-minded to ideas implemented by employees. Acting on good ideas, and honestly, just any idea presented to them encourages employees to come to their boss or manager with more thoughts on how to better the business. With more ideas being presented, there's bound to be a good, even great, one in there somewhere. Let employees know when the idea was a success. Workers will be encouraged to contribute to creative innovation and will bring more ideas to the table.


Conclusion


Businesses have proven to be more innovative and successful if they're able to implement creativity in the workplace. Not only does creativity help the business, but employees also benefit from a healthier work environment and increased wellness. Among all the factors that contribute to a creative workspace, the three that stand out the most are employer expectations to be creative, time to be creative, and freedom to take risks necessary to be creative. In any good business, the employer and co-workers must work together to solve problems and foster creativity.


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