American workers are a productive bunch. In fact, many argued that we produced ourselves into a recession, or at least made it more difficult to recover. The undeniable fact though is that companies expect their employees to do more than ever before.
There are obvious benefits to having high expectations for your employees. Companies wouldn’t be able to compete if they didn’t reward the employees who make them the most money. They need to keep labor costs down and profits up. These are pretty logical basics of the business world.
And yet, there’s a possible drawback to the increased workloads that employees are seeing at businesses across the country. When you’re busy and focused on completing your tasks for ten hours a day, it leaves very little time for employees to be creative. Even worse, too much stress can lead employees to completely shut down, unable to perform because they have too much to do.
Is it possible that all our productivity demands are squashing out the creative energy from our offices? Plenty of businesses ask that their employees “think outside the box” or brainstorm problem solving, but if you leave no room for free thought, how much can you expect to accomplish?
Companies need to give their creative minds time and space to do what they do best. And even in non-artistic fields, creative problem solving is a tremendous asset to a company. So here are some ways that management experts create an environment that welcomes and fosters creativity.