Giving employees a creative outlet is a great way to allow organic growth and development to become part of your company culture. In addition, employee creativity can also create healthy competition, and lead to greater harmony in the workplace.
How you ask? Well, it’s simple, if employees have the opportunity for a little healthy competition they will find more creative and efficient ways to do their jobs, while earning newfound respect for their colleagues. Here are four C’s to employee creativity (in no particular order).
- Control- Control the environment. Provide parameters for both employee creativity and friendly competition. Keep employees creative but within the organization goals and culture you seek to create.
- Collaborate- Teams should be cross department and help employees meet colleagues they may have not met otherwise. Cross team collaboration brings colleagues closer together and highlights everyone’s strongest skills.
- Compete- A little competition can bring out the passionate, engaged and motivated side of employees. But make sure to keep it light and friendly to ensure the competition can end positive, allowing creativity to flourish and new teams to develop.
- Create- This is the best part. When employees are put in new situations and forced to think differently creativity thrives, outside-the-box thinking happens, and people just may surprise themselves.
Still not convinced that employee creativity has it’s own set of unique advantages? Check out this article from Inc.com.