Fostering Creativity in the Workplace

A proven leader and an effective communicator, Diane Kaern is an accomplished sales operations professional with experience working for multinational companies. Having worked for the Hewlett-Packard Company and Siemens, Diane Kaern leverages her creativity to provide companies with strategic perspectives in such areas as cost reduction, productivity, and business procedures.

Fostering creativity in the workplace is an important part of keeping a company successful because it not only helps creative individuals express themselves but it also increases creative thought among all employees. Creating a positive work environment keeps employees’ mindsets from becoming too serious and mitigates criticism. This helps eliminate any fears that individuals may have when sharing their ideas or opinions and grow a more open-minded and interactive workplace community. A positive environment also rewards creativity and new ideas rather than discouraging them and ensures that suggestions from employees are taken seriously.

Sharing creative ideas may also be difficult for some individuals, so creating a safe outlet for such instances can greatly increase overall creativity in the workplace. Suggestion boxes are great for allowing employees to share ideas in a confidential way and are a good way of getting around the fear of being criticized that some people have. Further, brainstorming is a great way of getting smaller groups of employees to share different ideas to create a big idea. However, brainstorming sessions may still be difficult for some, so encouraging brainwriting, where each member of a group writes his or her ideas, ensures every member participates.


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