Encourage Visionary Thinking at the Workplace

vision (2)Visionary ideas are the core of business growth, and human resource managers who encourage creative thinking at the workplace may have a better chance of leading the organization to success. Helping employees become more inventive at work rather than recruiting new staff to come up with fresh ideas can help reduce the human resource department’s workload and decrease costs. Encouraging employee innovation may also improve workplace morale, as workers whose supervisors expect more creativity from them may feel more supported to grow.

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According to a recent Dynamic Business article, a manager may want to make the company more innovation-friendly by getting rid of non-productive business practices and promoting more original thinking instead. Encouraging, measuring and rewarding visionary behavior may help increase more inventive thinking at the workplace.

Encourage Original Thinking at the Workplace
As the staff is the heart of any organization, investing in employee development to help workers become more original thinkers may contribute to the company’s overall success. According to a Business Zone article, support from management may help employees understand their ideas are important, as they have an impact on the organization’s growth.

The following tips may help HR create more visionary employees:

1. Employee Development. Providing training, such as a workshop, for employees that encourages them to challenge assumptions and come up with a fresh perspective may boost critical thinking and inspire fresh idea generation.

2. Authority. Letting employees know they have the freedom to innovate may boost more unique thought. Giving workers permission to make suggestions and share insight may help employees understand they have permission to think in a more unique way. In addition, allowing workers autonomy by letting them manage their own projects to contribute to the company’s success may increase creativity.

3. Teamwork. When employees are working on collaborative projects, an employer may want to use smaller teams to boost innovation. Workers who are part of a team that is too large may feel as though their contributions have little impact, which may de-motivate them and decrease idea sharing.

4. Create a Framework. Giving employees an outline of general expectations, goals and guidelines for projects may provide workers with the support they need to work effectively, which frees up time for more visionary thinking.

Utilizing these tips to encourage innovation may help an organization gain a cutting-edge in today’s competitive marketplace and ensure sustained business success.

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Tim Kardok

Tim Kardok
Tim Kardok is president of eCareer Holdings Inc., a developer of industry-specific career websites focused on job advertising.

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