Best Practices – 5 keys on how to harness employee creativity

Best Practices – CIOs need to harness employees’ creativity. Here are five ways they can do that

Best practices to harness creativity include these 5 key elements.

  1. Listen to opinions that are not positive to the proposed solution – CIOs tout the value of employee engagement, but you can’t have one without the other. You have to let people be more open in the workplace.If CIOs do not let dissenting opinions be expressed then team members become less engaged.
  1. Utilize non-traditional solutions – CIOs are good at putting people in positions, and expecting them to do the same thing year after year, and then thinking they’re just going to get better and better at it. But it doesn’t work that way, creative juices dry up. They need to have novelty. They need to do something different.
  1. Make the work environment a fun place to be – Adding an element of fun to the workday can help employees release tension and get reinvigorated.
  1. Stress mastery vs. performance – If a company is all about performance metrics, then employees will focus on achieving those metrics via the same old routines. Employees who are encouraged to become masters of their domain are much more open to new and creative ways of doing things.
  1. Build bonds between people – People who work together day after day want to feel something more than just the work. Personal relationships are the best form of team building

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Author: Victor Janulaitis

M. Victor Janulaitis is the CEO of Janco Associates. He has taught at the USC Graduate School of Business, been a guest lecturer at the UCLA's Anderson School of Business, a Graduate School at Harvard University, and several other universities in various programs.