How to develop employees’ creativity? 6 effective ways
Creativity is a trait that each of us eagerly includes in our CV. However, even the most creative person may find it challenging to develop this trait by working in a workplace that is not conducive to creativity. Such places include primarily offices where members of one team must work far apart and noisy and inadequately lit interiors. How to create a creative office tailored to the needs of employees? Here are 6 effective ideas to introduce to your business.
Open space office without the classic division into offices not only allows you to resign from the hierarchy of positions but also fosters bond building and efficient information exchange. This solution supports creativity at work as it reduces physical limitations and brings employees closer, thus facilitating communication. Open spaces offices are therefore conducive to cooperation, as they abolish the classic division into closed boxes. What’s more, open space also saves space and money, because the company can reduce the amount of office furniture and the costs of heating and lighting each room separately.
The idea behind hot desks is not assigning specific places to employees. Such a system is usually used by companies that want to save on creating new positions, and their model is based mainly on the combination of stationary work with remote work. However, hot desking not only brings savings for the company – but also benefits the employee. Hot desks are conducive to integration because by taking up different places, making friends with people from outside your team allows you to exchange inspiration and create creative projects. Many years of working at the same desk make the employee fall into a routine, which is why hot desking constantly stimulates action and supports the development of creativity.
Acoustic properties of the interior
Don’t let your office resemble a crowded train station where employees will want to leave as soon as possible. Noise is not conducive to concentration, not to mention creativity. Take care of good acoustic parameters of the interior, especially in open space offices. There are many ways to soundproof interiors, incl. suspended ceilings, plants, and green walls, acoustic panels, or special soundproofing headphones with the function of active noise reduction.
Do you know this feeling when a fluorescent lamp above your head does not let you focus? Light has a significant impact on our well-being, and thus the willingness to carry out tasks and come up with creative solutions. Adjust the type of lighting to your employees’ needs, choosing both the central (ceiling) and spot (on desks) lighting. The light color should be neutral (approx. 3400-5300 K) to not put employees to sleep or strain their eyes.
Ergonomic office furniture
If you want to support the creativity of your employees, first take care of their physical comfort. An uncomfortable chair, too low desk, or lack of space to store documents means that the employee cannot focus on duties’ performance. Whether you use a hot desk system or provide employees with assigned positions, make your workplaces ergonomic. Comfortable chairs also support the skeletal system, which reduces the amount of sick leave caused by back pain.
Access to the quiet zone
Creativity in office work requires appropriate conditions and regular breaks. Employees with an introverted personality often show extremely creative ideas, but on the other hand, they get tired quickly when working in a group. Take care of their needs and let them recharge their internal batteries in specially created quiet zones. In such a zone, the employee can rest, collect his thoughts and work alone on the project, which he then presents to the team. The presence of quiet zones is significant in open spaces, where there isn’t a lot of privacy.