9 strategies for unleashing employees’ creativity

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True or false: Employees are either creative or they’re not—creativity isn’t a skill you can teach.

The answer: False. Some employees are more naturally creative than others. But managers can play a key role in creating an environment in which employees will want to look for new ideas.

It’s important for managers to let employees know that initiative and innovation are valued and that people who question will be rewarded—not labeled as troublemakers.

Here are nine tips for removing barriers to employee creativity:

1. Encourage employees to think for themselves. Make it clear that you welcome new ideas and constructive criticism. Let them know the only way the organization will stay competitive is to question methods, change and move forward. Tell employees to always ask themselves, “How could we do it better?”

2. Don’t lock into “procedure.” Employees may hear that word to mean, “That’s how it’s always been done, so do...(register to read more)

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