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How To Foster Innovation In The Workplace

“If you look after your staff, they’ll look after your consumers. It’s that simple.” – Richard Branson

In today’s competitive market, innovation in the workplace is something that all companies strive to achieve. It leads to new ideas, new approaches and new ways of working, which can drive business growth and put your company on the path to long-term success. However, companies often make the mistake of focusing on products and services when looking for opportunities to be innovative. They’re forgetting that the most valuable source of creativity in any business is the people that work there.

The benefits of a positive workplace culture

Workplace culture is essentially the personality of your company. It involves the physical workspace, company values and staff mindset, as well as the expectations and goals of people across the organisation. A company has a positive culture if its employees feel like their needs are met and they’re aligned with the mission, vision and values of the organisation.

The result? A highly motivated workforce and better outcomes. The University of Warwick UK did a study and found that happy employees are up to 20% more productive. Staff satisfaction also has a significant impact on innovation in the workplace. Positive moods are associated with creativity and goal attainment. A positive culture can also predict strong financial performance.

How to boost innovation in the workplace

Developing a workplace strategy is one of the best ways to foster an innovative workplace culture. We start by defining the needs and values of your company and its employees, looking at every aspect of your new office to determine how it will support those needs and values. We also ensure your physical environment is aligned to your work processes. So that you can maintain peak performance at every stage of the project.

Here are some tips to consider when refurbishing or relocating your office, so you can foster a positive workplace culture and nurture the creativity of your team:

  1. A good office layout is essential for a positive workplace culture. Open meeting areas, collaborative hubs, quiet rooms and wellness rooms. These activity based workspaces encourage staff to build relationships and work together as a team.
  2. Design the desk layout to encourage communication between employees and teams. This will lead to better problem-solving and decision-making across the organisation.
  3. A creative office interior design can inspire employees to think outside the box and enjoy the time they spend in the office. Whether it’s textured paint colours, natural light or inspiring artworks, there are plenty of ways to brighten your workplace.
  4. The technology you use can support the work of your employees, so they spend less time being frustrated at slow or duplicate systems and more time being creative and achieving their goals.
  5. The old days of squeezing staff into a pokey kitchenette to cook their lunch are long gone. Spacious breakout areas and modern kitchens encourage staff to collaborate and supports their health and wellbeing.

Creativity and innovation require the right environment to flourish. Get in touch with us today to explore how we could transform your workspaces for the better.