By Norah Abraham
Has the atmosphere in the workplace grown stale and lackluster? Do you need some new and fresh ideas to improve motivation and innovation? You aren't alone — today's marketplace is a competitive one, and creative, talented people are spread pretty thin. Additionally, if the workplace environment isn't conducive to fostering new ideas, then even those with the talent for doing so can find themselves shutting down and unable to produce new innovation to keep the company on the fast track to ongoing success.
There are quite a few ways in which you can breathe new life into the workplace and new energy into the hearts and minds of your employees. From making subtle changes to the work environment to seeking out new recruits with high potential, following some or all of these tips is a surefire way to get back on track to success.
Additionally, encouraging employees to take their vacation time, rather than forbidding it as many other managers do, helps to keep up morale and cuts down on disgruntled feelings. Letting your employees work in a way they like which allows them to unleash their creative potential is one of the best ways to keep morale, motivation and innovation high.
Also keep in mind that hiring an individual that appears to be the most qualified doesn't necessarily mean he or she will be the best worker. Sometimes the less qualified or less experienced individual will strive harder to achieve, gaining valuable experience and insight along the way that only encourages further successes. Trust your instincts, and you are bound to make the right decision.
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Of course, there are other things you might do as a manager or team leader to encourage others to continue to strive for new and better ideas and foster innovation. But the above tips will certainly get you started in the right direction, as well as create a healthier and more productive work environment overall.
Try to remain consistent with whatever method or methods you choose, as simply trying to be one way for a week or two and then giving up certainly isn't going to give you the results you desire. Additionally, when you face obstacles, try to face them as a team, supporting one another rather than living by the "every man for himself" rule.
Image credit: Flickr/englishme community Norah Abraham has been a freelance writer since 2005. She attended the University of Boston and graduated with a Bachelor in English Literature. She loves public speaking and motivates people in her own comic style. She loves gadgets and techie stuffs. In her career, she has written dozens of Press Releases, Articles, and Essays.