Encouraging Creativity In The Office
Although they aren’t spoken about as much as things like productivity, creativity and innovation are equally important to the success of an organisation and many professionals are aware of this. Unfortunately, as little as 6% are satisfied with the innovation performance within their organisation and they lack clarity on how to improve. It is essential that as a leader you are dedicating some time to encouraging creativity and making some changes to ensure those working for you are thinking outside the box.
The importance of employee creativity
Regardless of the industry sector you work in, having a creative team behind you can have a direct impact on your bottom line and not only will it influence innovation, but it is integral to the growth of your organisation too. Ultimately, creativity is what keeps your business moving forward and without it, you will struggle to stay up-to-date and relevant, especially in a saturated market. Of course, creativity can help you to overcome the hurdles and challenges that your organisation faces too, preventing you from getting left behind whilst your competitors succeed.
It is worth noting that by continually encouraging creativity in the office, it will soon become part of your culture. This, in turn, will influence how appealing your organisation is to work for, affecting both the retention of existing employees and the attraction of prospective employees. Ultimately, all employees like to know their voice is important and their thoughts and ideas are welcomed, so an organisation that encourages creativity is a desirable one.
How you can encourage employees to be more creative
There are numerous different ways you can encourage your employees to be more creative whilst working and sometimes even the simplest of changes can be effective in this regard.
You may find that your current serviced office space is actually hindering the creativity of your team and taking the time to redesign your working environment will help to increase creative working. Commonly, office layout has a big role to play when it comes to creativity and opting for an open-plan space or a team-based space will make it easier for employees to collaborate which can directly influence creativity.
Research confirms that when people work together smartly, it can unleash energy that boosts creativity and also things such as; productivity, engagement and efficiency. So, changing the layout of your serviced office space so employees can easily work together on projects and bounce ideas off of one another will help to improve innovation. Take some time to consider whether your seating arrangement is helping or hindering creativity as well.
There are actually a number of other elements of your service office design that can affect creativity as well, including but not limited to; the colour scheme, the temperature and the lighting. To get the most out of your team, you need to ensure their work environment is stimulating and inspiring, and simply adapting your office design can help you to do so. For example, having splashes of colour in your serviced office will prevent the space from being dull and boring, which can deter creative thinking.
Sometimes, a change of scenery is beneficial for creativity too and having access to meeting rooms and breakout spaces will help your employees thrive. Encouraging your team to use the other locations on-site, whether they’re working on a team project or trying to find a solution to a problem, will help them to generate new ideas.
Of course, as a leader, your attitude towards creativity will also influence how creative your team is. To motivate employees to come forward with their thoughts and ideas, you need to make sure they’re aware you will support them. You can expect employees to be more open about the ideas they have if they’re likely to be implemented, so ensure you’re making it known that you’re willing to try new things. It is often worth allowing employees to share their ideas anonymously too, this will encourage those who are more anxious about speaking their minds.
Renting the best serviced office in London for creativity
Should you be interested in renting a serviced office space that can help you to boost creativity, be sure to visit the One Avenue website. Our selection of working environments feature some of the best serviced offices in London and they really are a breath of fresh air. All of our private offices can be customised to suit your organisation and we pride ourselves on the quality of our fully-equipped offices, not to mention we break the mould with our exceptional service levels and hospitality too. When it comes to encouraging creativity, our serviced offices are undeniably some of the very best to rent in the London area.