By | Emily Banks | Editor & PR Strategist – Inseev Interactive
Franklin D. Roosevelt, Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey. These are all examples of inspiring leaders who used creativity to solve some of the toughest problems. Successful leaders are those who inspire others to achieve the greater good of society. When it comes to leading in business, the same principles stay true. Managers can be a positive influence over their employees in a variety of ways. From motivating employees through performance management to engaging employees in the work they do, managers are the leading contributor to workplace satisfaction. An employee could love their job, but a difficult manager with poor leadership could drive them away.
Employees are very receptive to the management styles that surround them. Whether you’re a charismatic leader or a transformational leader, employees will adapt to the way you manage them. No matter what leadership style you have, it’s imperative to inspire innovation among your employees. Creativity in the workplace is what drives success and brings new ideas to the table. To better understand ways you can optimize your leadership style to inspire innovation, keep reading below.
Pros and Cons of Hiring Remote Employees
When you manage a team or a company, you’re going to be in charge of numerous employees. While most companies have an in-house department with a physical location, other companies may rely on remote employees who aren’t required to report to an office. When it comes to remote employees, there are a few advantages and disadvantages you should know about.
- Save Money: Using remote employees is a great way to save money. With remote employees, you won’t need to operate in a large office, which will save on heating, equipment, and rental costs.
- Larger Hiring Pool: Hiring employees to work remotely allows you to find talent outside of your geographic zone. This will give you greater access to potential candidates who can help boost your business.
- Easy Communication: Technology has made communicating much more efficient. Today, conference calls, video chatting, meetings, and day-to-day communication is more accessible, affordable, and easy to use.
- Technology: While telecommunication has become more efficient, it’s important to remember that you have to invest in the proper technology for employees to work with, such as databases and other technology.
- Relationships: Working remotely means there are limited opportunities for staff to meet each other face-to-face. Company culture is a major factor many employees look for. With remote workers, it can be hard to create a tight-knit environment without a physical location, which can make leading a team somewhat difficult.
- Management: Having employees out of hands reach can make managing them a tough task. If you plan on hiring remote workers, it’s important to give them the tools they need to succeed and using the right software and services to have an open line of communication.
Organize Team-Building Events
Team building events allow employees to get to know each other on a more personal basis. Managers should make a strong effort to keep their employees engaged and excited. And, team building events are a great way for workers to relieve stress and mingle with their coworkers in an informal setting. Team building also serves as a platform for employees to express their creative side. In team building events, employees will feel more comfortable to share their ideas and communicate with each other to solve problems. Examples of popular team building events include:
- Happy hours
- Scavenger hunts
- Office trivia
- Room escape games
- Painting or cooking classes
- Sports games
To plan a team building activity, allow different departments to work together to better integrate employees who usually don’t work with each other. Switching up a team building activity once a month will help keep work exciting. Companies can always circle back and visit their favorite team building event if they ever run out of ideas.
Hype Up Your Team
Seminars are a great way for employees to network, learn, and become better at their job. Managers should always encourage their employees to participate in relevant seminars so they can improve their skillset and bring new ideas to the table. Being a lifelong learner will help employees advance themselves in their industry and become more innovative in the workplace.
Seminars have numerous other advantages as well. If you notice an employee is plateauing, you can incentivize them with a seminar to attend to boost morale and give them an opportunity to grow. Seminars can also serve as a recruitment tool, where employees can scout talent and network. Not only that, giving your employees an opportunity to attend seminars and learn more about their industry will boost retention rate. Employees want to work at a company that values personal development. Giving your staff the option to attend a seminar or conference will allow them to climb the corporate ladder and share ideas they believe will benefit the company.
Cultivate a Mentorship
As a leader, you probably have a lot on your plate. From scheduling employees to working with clients, you may find yourself with little time to work with the staff you’re in charge of. To resolve this issue, establish a mentorship program for your employees to work together and solve a problem. Mentorships allow workers to be resilient with their own success, as well as build in-house relationships across departments. With a mentorship program in place, a deeper sense of community will form in the workplace, resulting in increased job satisfaction.
Additionally, mentoring can take on many forms, such as diversity mentorships for a more inclusive workplace, career mentorships for career development, or mentoring circles for increased collaboration. Managers can also co-create inspirational leadership that give workers the opportunity to go above and beyond their expected duties to prove they’re dedicated to the success of your company.
Create Healthy Competition
Competition fuels creativity. If you want to come out on top, you need to think of the most efficient way to get there. Innovative leaders are those who encourage employees to use their skills to solve problems. Instead of employees comparing themselves to their boss, they can inspire themselves to compete with fellow employees. Healthy competition can help cultivate new ideas and make competition fun while involving all departments. Some ways to include friendly competition in the workforce include:
- Highest number of sales
- Most calls in a day
- Reward progress
- Have random daily prizes
Shake Things Up
Monotony will drive employees crazy. Being an expert on a particular job is great and ensures proficiency. However, if an employee knows every day at work will be the same, they may begin to lose inspiration and motivation. Managers should continually change processes to expose their employees to a new way of doing things. You can keep deliverables the same, but encourage employees to work together for extra support or ask for feedback on what new skills your employees would like to develop.
Encouraging employees to take risks will let them think out-of-the-box and will inspire innovation. As a leader, help them understand mistakes are okay and not to be afraid to try new things. Not only will new ideas form that can help your company, but your employees will also be more motivated knowing they can think outside the box without being reprimanded. So, shake things up and see what your employees will accomplish!
Inspiring innovation in the workplace isn’t a difficult task. Being a transparent leader and encouraging team members to strive for success will inspire them to be more creative at work. Managers should avoid using themselves as the only example of success. Instead, they should consistently highlight successful work from a variety of employees to show them they are valued and their efforts are appreciated.
This guest blog was written by Emily Banks. She is a Bay Area Native who got tired of SF’s cold beaches and decided to move to San Diego. She is currently the editor for the HR section of os a small business blog, as well as a PR Strategist for Inseev Interactive. When she is not typing away on her office keyboard, she can be found eating street tacos in the sunshine.