Establishing a successful business requires a lot of leadership qualities, but in particular, boosting and maintaining creativity in your employees is a must. Workplaces thrive on innovative thinking and upward growth. However, sparking creativity in your team can be a challenge, especially around the holidays when minds are a bit more distracted.

To get your employees thinking more outside the box, we’ve collected a handful of tips to encourage creative thinking and new, unique ideas.

Allow failure to take place

The old saying goes “you can’t succeed if you don’t fail.” You want to set a tone that allows for mistakes and failure, which are generally necessary for a road to success. Let your team know that you don’t expect perfection and trial and error situations are to be expected. LinkedIn advises, “If you decide that a business problem is worth solving, then commit to being wrong until you’re right. If there was some shortcut or obvious path to the solution, it already would’ve been traveled.”

Acknowledge success & innovation

When your employees commit to their ideas, celebrate their experimental thinking. Even if they fail, let them know that you appreciate their suggestions. Take notice when those on your team speak up and attempt to lead a project in a productive direction. Acknowledgement and validation are greats motivator to continue forward thinking.

Let anyone lead and speak up

Even if you are the manager, let others take the lead, no matter their position or title. Encourage those in lower positions to share their thoughts and make their own contributions. You may find that people at different stages have varying degrees of insights and creativity.

Allow different formats

If you want your employees to be innovative, you have to be as well. Let them present their ideas in different formats and approaches. Sitting in the past and only allowing one way of presentation will only set you back. If an employee is more artistically orientated, allow them to draw their ideas, rather than using a deck, proposal, or formal slideshow. This will promote an open and encouraging environment where more people are likely to come forward with their thoughts.

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Wrapped Up: 2021 Corporate Trends

With a hope of gauging some workplace trends this year, we started running polls on our LinkedIn page every few weeks. In 2021, we wanted to hear the thoughts of job seekers, fellow recruiters, and everyday employees. In addition to some serious topics, we also touched upon fun ideas and newly trending discussions. Thankfully, our incredible community did not disappoint. We received thousands of votes and comments that really opened our eyes to some interesting insight.

To wrap up the year, we’ve summarized some of our favorite polls and their results. The new year is around the corner and we hope to keep this line of communication open. Now more than ever, corporate trends are constantly evolving. We will always want to hear your views and opinions!

  • Are cover letters necessary? Most voters said otherwise. In fact, many believed that all necessary skills and experience are already outlined in the resume, negating the need for a cover letter. Additionally, recruiters and hiring managers seldom have time to read cover letters. Not requiring one will also lead to a larger candidate pool, as many job seekers are not willing to write one.
  • Would you participate in a stay interview? We had recently shared a blog post regarding stay interviews, a popular trend since the start of the Great Resignation. While the majority of people voted yes, they would participate, the comments said otherwise. Many claimed that stay interviews might reflect a “too little, too late” narrative from employees. Others felt that while stay interviews could be beneficial, managers and companies must also be willing to take action regarding the feedback.
  • Is a 40 hour work week too much? The pandemic and work from home culture has altered corporate life in several ways. A large consensus is that the traditional 40 hour work week has become unnecessary. The majority of jobs don’t require that many hours to thoroughly complete the work. Alternately, industries such as finance and banking consider 40 hours a luxury. Many commenters agreed that work hours should be variable; however long it takes to get everything done is how long an employee should work.
  • Do you take fewer sick days while working from home? Most people said yes, they definitely take fewer sick days while working from home. Eliminating the commute and the ability to work in a comfortable environment has workers more apt to save their sick days. There was almost no debate on this one; even if they’re actually sick, many people are still logging on to work. If you want to read more about workplace culture following the pandemic, check out our post here!
  • Should you apply for a job even if you don’t meet the minimum qualifications listed in the description? Generally, many believe that if you have 70% of the required skills and experience, you should apply. Hiring managers might have different priorities than what was listed in the job description. Sending along your resume can’t hurt, especially if you’re confident in your candidacy. Also, years of experience don’t always match the skill set of a candidate. Strong applications and interviews speak volumes.

We thank everyone who participated in our polls this year and look forward to 2022. Let’s keep these discussions and trends coming! In the meantime, if you are interested in talking to one of our talented recruiters, connect with us on LinkedIn or check out our Jobs Board today! See you in the new year!

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