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February 15, 2017 by
aliereadvisors
It goes without saying that innovation is important to your business and the overall success of your organization. In a world of ever-expanding technology, emphasis on new and exciting ideas, and a “forward thinking” mindset, it’s almost impossible to be successful as a company without filling it with both the tools and employees that have a yearn for innovation.

So how do you cultivate an innovative culture for your organization?

That is certainly a question on the minds of many business leaders who are looking to continue growing their business and remain successful in the competitive atmosphere of today’s business world. To create an innovative culture for your organization and its employees, look at the top traits to focus on below.

How to Cultivate an Innovative Company Culture

Provide an open workspace

While for some the jury is still out on whether or not an open work space actually helps add to innovation, the way an open plan allows for collaboration, creativity, and teamwork makes it an important aspect of every office. Keep in mind that there should also be space that allows for quiet alone time to spur quality thinking, too.

Help employees get comfortable with change

The days of being stuck in your ways are over when it comes to the business world. With business, technology, and the overall world moving at a constantly quick pace, ensuring your employees are not only used to change but are comfortable adjusting their work styles and ways to accommodate it is endlessly important in developing an innovative culture.

Facilitate strategic alliances and partnerships

Working with other businesses in your community is a great way to spur creativity and innovation for the organization as a whole as well as for the employees that work towards your company goals.

This is because it spurs new ideas and connects individuals with new people. This is also a great way to promote your business and raise awareness on either a small or large scale.

Encourage employees to be experimental

New ideas are the best way to create an innovative culture. Encouraging employees to come up with original ways of doing things or improvements to existing methods makes your business more efficient and makes employees feel more valuable – all good things for your organization as a whole!

Help employees feel comfortable with ambiguity

It is not unusual for businesses to provide processes and procedures that dictate how employees should carry out their duties on a day to day basis. Too much of that, however, can create a culture that prohibits employees from being comfortable with ambiguity.

Encouraging and helping workers to feel comfortable with the unknown allows for them to be better innovators, critical-thinkers, and problem solvers.

How a PEO Can Help

When it comes to setting the tone of a company culture, a PEO can help navigate uncharted waters. Enlist in our help to find a PEO that will best help your company reach its goals, save money, and retain talent.

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