6 Tips & Tricks for Workplace Innovation

In any workplace, the last thing you want as an employer is for creativity and innovation to stagnate. Fortunately, there are easy changes employers can make to the workplace to help spark creative thinking and new ideas. Here are some of our biggest tips and tricks for workplace innovation:

In any workplace, the last thing you want as an employer is for creativity and innovation to stagnate. Fortunately, there are easy changes employers can make to the workplace to help spark creative thinking and new ideas. Here are some of our biggest tips and tricks for workplace innovation:

Turn the break room into an employee hang out

Giving employees a casual space to relax can help boost creativity. Studies show that when faced with a prolonged task, the brain responds better when people take breaks. So creating a space meant for refilling a cup of coffee, socializing among employees, and just taking time to sit quietly can help boost innovation in the workplace. We have more to say on this topic here.

Designate areas for collaboration

Some of the best ideas come from not one person, but rather groups of people. Try creating a coffee shop-like environment in your office. Either way, having a specific area for employees to go and meet for ideas and conversation will cultivate greater innovation within the company.

Place focus on leadership and management

It’s hard for innovation to be cultivated within a vacuum. A lot of workplace innovation and creativity comes from the top. Employees look to leaders of the company to set the tone for what is permitted in the workplace. Senior leaders should make efforts daily to encourage employees to take responsibility for new ideas instead of minimizing them.

Help employees find meaning and purpose

Innovation and motivation are heavily personal for individual employees. In one-on-one meetings with employees, try identifying their personal goals for growth. Then, figure out ways to align that growth with the wider team and company goals. This helps foster a more personal connection and create room for greater creativity.

Give employees extra time

Companies like Google and 3M are famous for giving their workers a percentage of their day purely for daydreaming and talking about ideas with other employees. In fact, some of the greatest innovations from Google like Gmail, Google Transit, and Google News came from this special incubation time. Who knows, giving employees independent time with no boundaries to work on any project they please could be the next big moneymaker for the business.

Offer transparency

How can employees innovate without a clear direction of where to go? An often-overlooked element of workplace innovation is simply being transparent in the company goals and the benefits that come with reaching those goals. Hold meetings, send announcements, and make space for lower management and employees to ask questions. When people know where they’re headed, they can innovate with more purpose.

At the end of the day, there is not a secret formula for sparking innovation. Innovation shifts and changes shape depending on the individual, the work environment, the industry, and workplace culture and values. To cultivate innovation, it’s essential to assess what works within your own organization and start from there. Treat the innovation process as a marathon, not a sprint.

Good Tasting Coffee: How to Identify Coffee Flavors

In order to appreciate the different types of coffee available, it's important to cultivate an awareness of its unique characteristics. Let's take a look at the way coffee connoisseurs judge different cups of coffee.

Aroma

The scent of a cup of coffee has a direct influence on how we perceive its flavor. As you drink coffee try to notice if the scent is smoky, fruity, earthy, spicy, nutty or grassy.

Acidity

One of the most defining characteristics of a cup of coffee is its acidity. This is the sharp, bright tangy quality of coffee that perks up our senses. Coffee doesn’t necessarily contain just one type of acid, either. It may contain citric acid, malic acid (fruity in flavor) or even quinic acid from stale coffee, which gives us stomach aches.

Body

This is the weight, thickness and texture of coffee in your mouth. The body of different types of coffee falls on a spectrum of light- to full-bodied viscosity (thin to thick).

Flavor

This is where comparisons come in handy and there is some overlap between aroma and flavor. Your coffee might taste bitter, sweet, savory or sour with common comparisons to chocolate, wine or fruit.

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