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How do we create a culture of creative thinking in the workplace?

In the day-to-day busyness of the workplace, there often needs to be more time allocated to creative thinking. With transactional foci alive and well, employees often work feverishly to meet KPIs in the required timeline. Researchers such as Grant (2016) and writers such as Dubrin (2019) emphasise the importance of growing a culture and climate for creative thinking to increase productivity and to review processes, practices, and procedures in the workplace.

To create a culture of creative thinking in the workplace, take small steps and consider the following:

  1. Invite individual staff to share their thoughts about a potential innovation or approach before engaging with a larger group.
  2. Schedule informal monthly gatherings where individuals and or groups can share their ideas.
  3. Acknowledge everyone’s suggestions using a graffiti board in a shared space.
  4. Support ideas with appropriate trials and resources.

How is a culture of creative thinking fostered in your workplace?

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