Today’s businesses have to be able to go with the flow and stay ahead of the game because of the quick pace of change. Make sure your workers feel welcome to contribute new ideas and that they grow accustomed to coming up with innovative solutions. Here are some tips from FastCompany.com:
1) Provide structure: It may seem counter-intuitive, but creativity and innovation thrive within structure. If you need some new ideas, say specifically which problem you’d like to solve, for example, or suggest it would be great to get 14 ideas during today’s meeting.
2) Start small: Ask your employees to solve the current, small problems to condition them to get used to offering ideas and being ready for the bigger problems.
3) Train managers: Make sure your managers know how to elicit creativity and innovative ideas from their employees and that they will know the best ideas when they see them. Managers should then reward the employees who come up with the best ideas and encourage others--who may be getting overlooked--to contribute as well.