While it’s not a universal experience (and very much depends on company culture), some employees have restraints put on their creative expression. Those might be physical restraints, like rules against whiteboards and Post-it notes out in the open, or ideological restraints that stop the creative process in its tracks. Maybe you work in a creative utopia, or maybe you don’t. But creativity is delicate. It needs room to grow and a nurturing environment to bear fruit. And creativity leads to innovation. What can you do if your work environment is required to be a little too clean for creativity? See if you can carve some room—or a room—out as a brainstorming safe space. And that ability to try, to invent, to fail without criticism is critical to creating the kind of emotional safe space employees need to do their best work. It’s an idea I’ve heard echoed again and again from employees.
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