Innovation is the key to any company’s success. Driving innovation into any workplace is one of the factors that can keep it on top and ahead of other companies. Innovative workplaces also have happy employees because they always express themselves, their opinions, and their ideas; they represent a safe zone for them to express whatever they have in mind.
For a company to be innovative or for the employees to be innovative, it all depends on the manager or leader. Most of the time they are the ones responsible for driving innovation into the company.
So, if you’re a manager, here’s how to turn your company into an innovative one.
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Empower Your Employees To Take The Proper Decision
Put your employees in charge; make them responsible for the decision-making.
Innovation is an essential part of every work even if the work doesn’t revolve around creativity. Innovation can be in how you solve a problem or how you were able to make the right decision. When you’re responsible for a team, you’re responsible to teach them everything including how to make an important decision.
In order to make the right decision, they have to go through a process of finding a solution; this is why it is important to make your employees solve the problems themselves. They have to try and test their ideas until they make the right decision.
Put Them In Your Shoes
Whatever you’re facing or faced as a manager, ask your employees what they would do if they were you
Test their innovative side and see what they would do in the same situations you faced. This will be like a practice to their mind; use your past experience and mistakes and put them in your shoes. In fact, some of them might present an idea or solution you haven’t thought of.
Involve Them In The Decision Making
If you want your company to be innovative, always involve your employees in the company’s problems.
Whatever the problem or crisis your company faces, let your employees know. You’re all in the same boat as you’re trying to save your company; so, working together for one main goal will bring out the best of them.
In fact, you might find more than one innovative idea or solution to save the day.
Create A Channel To Exchange Ideas
Use a tool so you and employees could share ideas and solutions on it.
If you own a business that presents a certain service or a product to the mass, you will always need new updates and features so you can keep your customers interested. This also requires an innovative team. This is why you have to create a channel for you and your team to exchange ideas.
Your team can submit their ideas and you can discuss them all in a meeting.
This also applies to presented solutions; they can submit their solutions on this channel so they can be discussed.
No Room For Judgements
Don’t judge your employees’ ideas.
If you want to turn your team into an innovative one, don’t judge their suggestions. Some managers tend to make fun of their employees’ ideas if they seemed impossible to implement; never do that.
What you can do is listening and understanding what they have to say and discuss. Boost their confidence and point out their qualities, so they can do better.
Dedicate A Team To Guide Them
Since you can’t always supervise, you can create a team that supervises the process.
Put in mind that some employees are innovative but can’t communicate or deliver their ideas, this team will be supporting them. They will be encouraging other teams to be more innovative and to share their ideas.
Always put in mind that the most successful companies are the most innovative.