Striving for new ideas in the workplace can drive a company forward into future success. The smallest concept can yield large monetary gains when implemented correctly. How does a project manager or owner search for new ideas in the workplace? Consider these tips in creating new ideas.
Sounds like an easy concept; the simple task of asking gets pushed aside. Employees are being paid to be part of the business; utilize this resource. Each employee has a unique background which will yield different ways of thinking. A whole new pool of ideas and concepts could be generated from reaching out to all employees. In return, employees who fell like their part of the company will be more productive with increased morale.
Inspiration in a Break Room or Conference Area
Have a room designed for brainstorming. Encourage employees to leave suggestions in a box or on a dry erase board. Often the most inspirational moments come in a relaxed atmosphere. A designated area can spark creativity especially if management gives prompts or situations to be considered. Part of the exercises to generate ideas may include, “what if” concepts. This will allow an employee to expand on the thought creating new ideas to build upon.
Encourage Open Communication
By encouraging open communication among all employees; the workplace will feel more spontaneous to random suggestions. Employees who are on the floor or working with the customers on a daily basis may provide a unique insight into a problem. By encouraging open communication, employees will be more likely to share ideas or concerns.
By creating programs within the company, owners show a concern for the employees’ future.
· Have a job swap day. Learning different parts of a company can be useful in gaining long term employees who would like to move up within the organization. Job swapping can also provide networking within the company. Networking can help build a cohesive work force.
· Have a mentorship program; new employees can work with older ones to learn how the business is run on a daily basis.
· Initiate pet projects among the employees. By allowing employees to take on small projects; creative new concepts may be introduced.
· Create challenge contests. Have employees focus on a specific concept or problem within the organization. The contest winner can receive a prize and recognition for the work.
Meetings help build a strong, well-informed work force.
· If possible, meetings should be held with all employees. An entire company meeting can be held twice a year or during each business quarter. By holding company meetings, employees will keep the lines of communication open.
· Have meetings with department heads; ask others in the department to join as well. By involving more than a department head; employees will feel welcomed to share ideas and concepts.
· Hold meetings outside of the work environment. Grab lunch and go to the local park. Or invite employees to breakfast. By having meetings off site, inspiration can come from anywhere.
Workplace ideas and concepts can come from the smallest inspiration. Keeping lines of communication open is a main component in creating a workplace environment where critical and creative skills are welcomed.