Most people believe that creativity is not something you can learn on the go. Since it is all about connecting ideas, being innovative, and using your imagination, it can only be an innate quality that some people can exhibit. However, this could not be further from the truth.
According to a widely cited study by George Land, “Creativity is inherited, but by everyone.” It is the way our society shapes us that some of us lose our creativity as we transition through life and into adulthood. So, can we inspire creativity in others, particularly in people who do remote work? Well, most definitely!
Why Is Creativity Important In The Workplace?
Creativity is crucial for businesses today, especially when the market demands innovation, unique ideas, and something “new” almost every day. Moreover, regardless of the business niche, creativity is a key component of a firm’s long-term growth as it can fuel innovation in a company’s environment.
A collaboration of creative minds can push the boundaries beyond the ordinary and create something bound to succeed. This collaboration is easy to achieve in workplaces where everyone is working face-to-face and continuously communicating. However, things get a little complicated when trying to spark creativity in remote working environments.
So, how can you inspire creativity in businesses that operate remotely? Fortunately, there are certain steps you can take that can help you bloom creativity among your remote team workers. Some of these steps include:
Creating A Safe Workplace Culture
Creating a safe workplace culture where everyone can comfortably express themselves is the first step in creating an effective and creative team.
If an employee feels that he can openly talk about his vulnerabilities, problems, and achievements with his colleagues and management, he’ll begin to trust the organization. This trust will allow him to become more comfortable in the environment and will inspire his creativity.
To create this safe culture online, make sure your remote management team and leaders are well-trained. They should go the extra mile to ensure that all their virtual employees are satisfied and content with the job, management, and remote environment. They should also know how to encourage employees to come forward and share regular feedback.
Create An Online Place For Sharing Ideas
Inspiring creativity is all about making people comfortable in their skin. Most people these days have a lack of confidence and are not aware of their talents and abilities. However, an encouraging workplace can help them see what they are missing.
You can create this safe place for your remote workers online on various communication platforms. For example, you can make online groups on Google Hangouts, Skype, Zoom, or Slack, dedicated to the sole purpose of idea sharing and solving problems. These platforms will allow your employees to openly share their views, plans, achievements, thoughts, and opinions on various things.
Management can also use these platforms to post things that inspire employees and engage them in useful discussions.
Conduct Regular Video Conference Meetings
As discussed above, a place that allows idea-sharing openly can spark more creativity than businesses that require their workers to work like robots and not do anything irrelevant.
Remote work involves tons of formal emails and written conversations and rarely involves a video meeting where employees can discuss ideas and opinions. Therefore, conducting semi-formal video conferences on a regular basis can spark creativity.
When conducting video conferences, make sure everyone is comfortable and fully focused. Besides video conferencing, you can also schedule regular online sessions or workshops where you can require your employees to brainstorm over a specific matter.