In a knowledge economy, every new idea or innovative thought becomes a major source of value. However, beyond those sources of bottom-line value for revenue, there are indirect benefits of innovative, inspired thinking at work: inspired employees draw meaning from their jobs, propelling them to seek ways to advocate for the company and move up through the ranks. This results, again, in savings: lower turnover saves in training costs and retains experience and skill in the organization.
So we agree that innovative thought and inspired creativity is a positive boon to the whole company. However, most of us cannot come up with a creative solution on demand, just because one is needed. That is the nature of inspiration: while clearly prompted by your environment, your mindset, and your task at hand, inspiration is also fleeting and hard to pin down.
Jack London is known for his tongue-in-cheek quotation, “You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” Despite the alarming metaphor, this quote does illustrate an important quality in inspiration: no one can guarantee that they will feel inspired in a particular moment, but creating an inspiring environment does improve your chances. Here are some of the ways to promote an inspirational atmosphere at work and find the inspiration you seek.
When your employees are disengaged from their work, it doesn’t matter how inspirational your meetings and conversations are. One of the best ways to foster engagement is to provide tools that truly connect employees to needed resources. For example, IC Hub’s document management and digital workplace functions take away any excuses for staying on the sidelines at work, so make use of those tools as you begin the work to engage employees.
When employees have channels through which to communicate with each other freely, the potential for inspirational exchanges goes up wildly. Consider: if you feel like you must clog someone’s email inbox in order to have an opportunity to work with them, and you fear that they won’t see your message anyway, how motivated are you to start the conversation? Newly available tools help you foreground your company’s interest in allowing and promoting collaboration.
People are inspired, broadly, by feeling effective. Many other factors contribute, but when your employees feel like all the tools and processes in their purview are in place to create a useful structure for them and their co-workers, they feel excited to come to work. On the flipside, there are certainly company procedures that actively prohibit employees from moving forward on projects, including unnecessary checkpoints and micro-managing. Your company can be known as the one that systematically paves the way for your inspired employees to move mountains.
Ultimately, all of these items are most useful if you make it clear that your company wants inspired solutions, even if you cannot implement them all instantly. This means a lot of overt expressions of your commitment to inspiring your teams:
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