Some industries are distinctly more creative than others. Careers in advertising, architecture, fashion, film, publishing, software, toys, television, radio and video games require you to use your imagination. This is why it is so important that your workplace fosters creativity – we have outlined 10 tips to achieve this as provided by office designers.
- Adopt urban zoning – Why not channel your inner urban planner and start thinking of things in terms of zones? Office designers recommend setting areas aside for discussion (such as a breakout space) and for working silently (such as cubicles).
- Allow for concentrated work – Whilst buzz is great for collaboration, it is important that you have areas where people can complete concentrated work alone for a few hours. If you cannot provide these areas, allow employees to leave in order to do this.
- Don’t rush into anything – If you are just starting up, we understand that it can be hard to design your office correctly. Don’t start thinking about it until you are stable (two or three years in), need your own culture or identity, and you need privacy.
- Generate some buzz – Have you noticed that employees are quiet when the office is quiet? By keeping a lot of energy and people in the space, everyone feels free to talk and interact. This is because the background noise allows conversations to be private.
- Give employees freedom – By allowing your employees to adorn their workstations with personal items (anything from family photos to a plant), you are letting them be themselves. This will encourage them to act more naturally, which is great for the creative juices.
- Incorporate your brand – Why not use iconic objects to brand your office and reflect the type of atmosphere you are aiming for? Some businesses choose to display their own work around the workplace, as it provides inspiration and a reminder of where you’ve come from.
- Let employees choose – We recommend letting your employees choose how they be creative (from their own coffee mugs to how they create – some people like their computer, others prefer crayons). This will allow them to work in their comfort zone.
- Observe your employees – Instead of asking your employees about the environment that best meets their needs, why not watch them? If people don’t know that something is an option, they’re not going to give it to you as an answer. By watching, you will learn far more.
- One person = one desk? – This is a rule that office designers really suggest you forget about. Mobile technology has made such an occurrence obsolete; have some desks for employees who wish to use them and comfortable seating for everyone else.
- Time to go green – The addition of plants, natural materials and light can make a big difference on your office environment. Studies have actually shown that natural light has a number of health benefits as well as helping to boost creativity – how good is that!?
If you are trying to boost the creativity of your workplace, we recommend speaking to your office designer in regards to some of the tips provided above; we are sure that at least one of them will benefit your team. At completion, we are sure that you will notice a difference in the creativity expressed by your employees on a daily basis.