“Highly effective workplaces reflect the type of work being done, as well as the work styles of those that occupy them,” said Deborah Bottineau, senior regional manager of The Creative Group. “Office managers should be cognisant of employees’ preferences and try to find an office design that caters to both the needs of the business and their staff. Being accommodating and flexible with layout options can result in happier, more productive and creative employees.”
The problem is that, oftentimes, the ideal; workplace differs between managers and employees.
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What can be done? There are several ways to encourage creativity and open communication between colleagues.
- Creativity Zones
Employers should section off a few areas and dedicate them to brainstorming. Include industry publications and an easel pad so that employees can jot down ideas or create a quick sketch when inspiration strikes.
- Private Stations
While collaboration is ideal for some projects, others will require deeper focus and less distractions. Creating spaces where employees can go to be alone will help move individual projects along quickly.
- Mood Boards
Assembling cut outs from magazines, photos from project and other inspirational ideas on a common board can help employees draw inspiration.
- Take it Outside
Sometimes, staring at all-too-familiar walls can sap creativity like none other. Take employees to parks, cafes or courtyards to get some fresh air and stimulate the imagination.