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5 Key Ways To Incorporate Creativity Into Your Daily Work Routine

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The productivity of a workplace relies on a balance between work and rest. Without balance, it is easy to burn out. This is in part achieved by creating an environment that promotes the importance of teamwork and fulfillment. Creativity allows a free flow of ideas and innovation, and is now the cornerstone of any successful operation. Below are a few easy ways to incorporate this into your daily work routine. It is time to have fun with what you do!

1. Don’t feel like it is wrong to have fun.

The workplace has been given a bad rep as a place of torment and boredom. But office life does not have to be a drag! While this seems like an obvious solution, it is often hard to remember to have fun with what you do. Ways to include fun in the workplace include quick breaks and activities such as games or contests. By making this a habit, you will soon notice a boost in office morale, which can positively affect the quality of your work.

2. Change your environment.

The appearance of an office can go a long way. Take some time to get more creative with the space where you work. A fun idea is to create a vision board full of goals and inspiring visuals. Don’t hold back. Incorporate colors, patterns and anything else that increases the energy of everyone in the space. As a result, the positive energy created will inspire and motivate everyone to reach their goals.

3. Encourage open communication.

Collaboration has a wide range of benefits for office creativity and morale. As a leader, be open to sharing ideas and updates with employees. Encourage this open communication, and get their feedback and thoughts. This will result in employees feeling equally invested in the company’s success. Feeling valued will in turn encourage everyone to push harder and become more satisfied with their work. As the old saying goes, there is no I in team.

4. Have clear goals in place.

Lack of direction is a recipe for disaster. It leads to lack of motivation and overall job dissatisfaction and unhappiness. Include employees when determining what these goals should be in order to establish common objectives. Teamwork makes the dream work!

5. Avoid micro-managing.

Instead, aim to encourage employees to take on the self-starting attitude of an entrepreneur. By giving them that freedom, employees will become more dedicated to their job and strive to come up with fresh ideas. According to BIZFIT 2015 founder, Colin McGuire, “When you empower your employees by creating an entrepreneurial environment, you take your business to the next level. Motivated, passionate employees are resourceful enough to develop creative and effective solutions to problems and roadblocks on their own.”

No matter what job you have, there is a way to incorporate creativity into your daily routine. It serves as a great tool to increase productivity and offers new opportunities.

ArtPropel offers several workplace programs that encourage creativity and team building. Request a quote today!

How to 'Improv' communication in teams?

Sound and Motion Circle  by Miria Varghese

Sound and Motion Circle by Miria Varghese

If you grew up in the 90's, you may recall, "Whose Line is it Anyway?" the Improvisation Comedy show hosted by Drew Carey, where studio audience suggest ideas for games and skits performed by Improv artists. Started in Britain, the show aired in the US from 1998 - 2007. In 2013, the show was relaunched with Aisha Tyler as the host along with star performers Ryan Stiles, Wayne Brady and Colin Mochrie.

The premise of the show was simple but brilliant: Performers took seemingly simple ideas and made it funny - on the spot! Performers played off each other’s cues and then responded quickly and creatively. While the show’s success was its ability to make us laugh, it also demonstrated some vital workplace skills:

“Active listening, Thinking on your feet, and Teamwork.”

While being able to communicate is important at every stage of life, it's the workplace that serves as its toughest crucible. Between making a sales pitch, giving the elevator speech, attending a job interview or leading a meeting, your communication skills are being tested, often on the spot and with no second chance!

If communication and thinking on your feet plays such a crucial role at the workplace, what can you do to be a better manager, a team player or a sales rep?

Be better equipped, of course!

Designed in a fun way to reduce inhibitions, the team at ArtPropel applies the basic principles of Improv to offer training sessions for the workplace.

Improvisation games like 'Yes, And' help participants understand the power of using positive statements when responding to ideas shared at work, thus encouraging open communication and better decision making.  

Similarly, taking part in a game of 'Who, What, Where' teaches players to establish basic information through a three-part conversation, as a way to increase clarity in communication and improve overall efficiency among teams.

To learn more on Improv and how it can help teams forge ahead, follow us on facebook, twitter or reach out to us at artpropel.com