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How To Make Creativity Stick in the Office

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Jou Pabalate

Regional Editorial Manager at Destination Riyadh

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Five Tips to Make Creativity Stick in the Office

  1. Measuring Productivity Doesn’t Have to be Boring

Visualizing how you use your time or making performance measurements tangible is one of the ways you can organize yourself while keeping a steady finger on creativity. It can be as simple as using blocks to divide your time into tangible bursts of productivity or having a coloring wall that your team paints on whenever a project task is done.

Where to Buy: Coloring Poster, Draft Store, SR 49

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  1. Your Office Can be a Pit of Despair or a Fountain of Creativity

The design of your space plays a major role in making your team feel engaged or alienated. Open spaces where your staff can interact with each other is a good way to start. If there’s much room for everybody, hot desks (office layout where anyone can take shop anywhere) give your team the freedom to gravitate towards the space they feel most productive working from.

DR Tip: Encourage coworkers to setup their own cubicles or desks.

  1. All Work and No Play Makes Abdullah a Dull Boy

While it may seem counterintuitive especially for corporate firms, based on recent researches, giving your team time to play is a great way to get them thinking out of the box. You don’t need to turn your office into the next Google or Facebook HQ; simple things like writable walls and sheets can have them doodling and de-stressing.

Where to Buy: Chalk paint (Candles & Chalk), Graffiti paper (Curio Art Supplies), Whiteboard post-it sheet (Jarir)

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  1. Positivity Begets Creativity and Productivity

Develop a positive work culture where people are able to share their insights. Good vibes breed good rapport; good rapport builds teamwork = great outcomes. According to the Harvard Business Review, researches have shown that happy employees mean better bottom line results. And if you’re the employee, thinking happy thoughts is good for your mind, body and overall well-being so seriously, smile a little more.

  1. Throw a Freaky Thursday

Freaky Friday is a movie about a mom and daughter finding themselves magically switching bodies. During downtime days in the office why not schedule a switcheroo between roles and teams? People can draw lots on who they will be switching with—they get to see what it’s like on the other side, learn to appreciate each other’s roles, maybe even find creative ways to approach the tasks of their comrades.

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