As the economic stress continues to take its toll, businesses should stray from playing it safe. Settling into a comfortable routine puts a halt to any form of innovative thinking, and prevents surviving businesses from thriving.
Acceptance of new or “unconventional” ideas takes time. So before your company can fully embrace into its office culture creative thinking on a grand scale, consider integrating a few simple yet practical exercises that can be implemented immediately.
For the workplace
- Take a cue from the most basic and important Feng Shui* principle, and first clear the physical clutter in the office to create mental space for new business ideas. Store away, archive or get rid of idle or irrelevant paperwork, office supplies, equipment or electronic data (emails, folders, pictures, etc.) that tend to bog down production flow.
- Rearrange work areas to better suit the functionalities of work flow, contribute to energy-saving efforts, and improve the general aesthetics of your work environment.
For the employee
- Challenge your staff to write individual mission statements. It’ll be interesting to learn if their perspective aligns with yours or the business. Do some roles need to be redefined or reassigned?
- Allow employees to personalize their work stations where they can embellish with their own reading lamps, plants, artwork, floor rugs, or kitschy collections. Provide corporate guidelines on what’s appropriate.
For the staff
- Conduct quick, on-the-spot brainstorm sessions with your team to solicit ideas for product, service and production improvements. Limit the session to 30 minutes. The freshest ideas emerge when there are time constraints.
- Hold training sessions, conferences or meetings outside, if weather permits. Your staff will welcome the occasional change in scenery.
*Feng Shui is a Chinese philosophy that governs spatial arrangement and orientation in relation to patterns of yin and yang and the flow of energy.
Vianova guest blogger Shirley Dayis a training and communications professional with a combined experience of 25 years in corporate and consulting environments.