If you’re a human resource professional or in a leadership position at a business, you have probably wondered how you could breathe new life into your working environment.
“Company culture” is the term used to describe the intangibles of the workplace — things like how people interact with one another, the type of conversations that typically take place, the activities and traditions that employees engage in together, etc. If you feel your business needs to improve its culture, below are a few quick tips that could help you build an environment that’s more creative.
One of the most important aspects of developing a new work culture is to modify the physical office space itself to support that new culture. For example, an office that is composed simply of rows of cubicles is probably a bit stagnant. On the other hand, an office space with open hallways, cozy break areas, and wide windows can be a breeding ground for creativity.
In order for employees to be creative, they need to feel their opinions matter. Therefore, it is important to allow employees to share their ideas on how to enhance the office, or provide feedback on how to improve company workflow and productivity. But don’t stop there. Encourage your employees to take their ideas and put them in action – and make sure to give them the proper tools and resources.
It’s Okay to Disagree
While it may seem counterintuitive, you might be surprised to find that disagreement among employees is a good thing. This “creative tension” encourage people to expand their horizons and come up with creative ideas. Make sure the conversations stay productive however, and don’t get into any personal issues.
For more advice about boosting your work culture to be more creative, please contact the professionals at Tucker/Hall.