Everyone knows that putting money into the front end of your operation will pay off. After all, a customer’s first impression of your business when they walk into the waiting room or lobby can make the difference in their overall experience.
When you first think of a conference room, a few words come to mind: boredom, meetings, lost time. However, there are ways to transform your conference room from a place of dull meetings to a productive and vital space in your office.
There’s nothing more frustrating than investing in a product that doesn’t deliver. Whether you’ve made a small investment in tools that streamline your productivity, or a larger investment in a product like dry erase paint, you want to get what you paid for.
Whether your workplace is large or small, chances are the person in charge of the facility is one of the hardest working, often overlooked, members of your team. In addition to overseeing daily maintenance and cleanliness, the facilities manager is responsible for operational costs and the safety of all employees and customers while on the premises.
Securing maximum output from the staff and team is on the top of every manager’s list. It’s easy to encourage your team to do more when you offer more money, but what happens when your budget is already stretched to the limit? If you’re a startup, the problem is possibly compounded by not having any additional budget at all.
Creating a workplace where innovation and creativity thrive doesn’t happen by accident. Careful planning and forethought go into building a company that consistently makes breakthroughs and produces new ideas.
The marketplace is already full of organizations that tout their creative edge but fail to deliver. If you want to earn the reputation in your industry and in the marketplace of ideas for being a cutting edge company that pushes the boundaries in innovation and thought, you need to be intentional about fostering creativity in the workplace.
The culture of a company has a direct impact on the creativity of the workforce. Culture is the often nebulous combination of history, core values, vision, and mindset of an organization. A company can’t simply say it values creativity, but it must be reflected in the culture with direct actions. It must be evident in the atmosphere, the level of support, and in relationships.
The atmosphere is a feeling within a company. Organizations must strive for a supportive atmosphere, where team members are aware that their ideas are valued. Everyone must know they won’t be met with resistance—or worse, negative repercussions—for putting forth their suggestions. Creative people need to feel safe before they share their bold ideas. Once safety and trust are established, it fuels further innovation.
Think Paint is proud to be working with a number of incredible organizations around the country. One of these organizations is the Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego, working with them for their Tables for Tots event.
As with most important elements that make a company thrive, the people in management are key. The management style, as well as the structure of the organization, have an impact on nurturing a creative atmosphere.
Managing creative people takes a different skillset than managing other types of workers because creative people are different. What makes them unique also makes them less likely to thrive under strict rules and regulations.
The key to leading creative team members is flexibility. Creativity doesn’t always happen during work hours, and it doesn’t necessarily happen when it’s convenient for the organization. Simply put, creativity happens when it happens.
Every company will face the day when ideas dry up and innovation stalls out. If you’ve found your business in this predicament, you can either wait for the situation to turn itself around or you can take action by implementing a few simple changes.
Team members need to be experts. Give them time to round out their knowledge and steep themselves in their subject matter, even if it doesn’t look like they’re producing.