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10 Ways To Make A Creative Workspace

downton_abbey_3_300x225Research suggests that you will spend almost 12 years of your life in the workplace. Nothing could be worse than spending those long yeas chained to a boring desk in dull and bleak environment, without anything to inspire you or to inject a little enthusiasm. This is why more and more businesses are shifting towards a modern business model that creates luxurious creative workspaces, with the aim of generating a more relaxing atmosphere for their employees.

Open up your business

Many people wrongly take the view that creativity is solely for the more artistic industries, yet creativity is simply problem solving and can be applied to any business. However, it’s not just a case of making your business environments look creative, your business must also support a creative concept of being open. Open means accepting ideas no matter how ridiculous or outlandish they may seem, there is no such thing as a bad idea, just one that hasn’t had the opportunity to fully develop. Using an open culture allows you to find out what your employees are thinking and to explore ground that you may never have dared to tread. Open is also about removing barriers at all levels and not just removing tangible partitions, but also about eliminating ego’s and hierarchy to build approachable relationships with all staff regardless of their role.

Build your creative workspace

To get you underway in creating your open culture, here are 5 creative changes you can make to your physical working environment.

Theme your space

Themed workspaces are very popular and can be as simple or extravagant as you like Lenstore.co.uk have opted for a Victorian styleDownton Abbey’ theme, incorporating a Georgian fireplace and seven piece dining table.

Location

With many companies trying to push locations to the extreme, businesses are no longer fixed between four walls but extending to boats, buses and purpose built outdoor spaces.

Somewhere to get comfy

Whether its bean bags, deck chairs or hammocks, having somewhere to get comfortable and relax is very important. These comfort zones can be used to chill out and unwind or as Idea spaces to energize the creative process.

Unusual decor

No creative space would be complete without a random piece of decor. Some offices opt for strangely decorated animals such as ‘spider cow’ that resides at What if? Innovations. Others such choose to play with the concept of perspective, enlarging or shrinking objects, such as the giant Rubik’s cube that has crashed its way through the office ceiling at the BJL agency.

Bold and bright

Last but not least is the appliance of colour, and plenty of it. There is no reason why any workplace should be a cold and bland environment. You can add colour through plants, feature walls with murals, or even to the furniture. Why not have a bright red office chair or a funky green desk to brighten the place up.

Once you have your new bright and trendy office space with an open culture, you’ll find that employee morale and productivity will take care of themselves. Simply by maintaining a fresh and clutter free environment, you can create a workspace which will benefit everyone involved with your business.

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Adam Wray is a regular blogger and entrepreneur, when he’s away from his computer he enjoys visiting the galleries of London.

 

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3 Ways to Improve Business Creativity

Anybody who says that only certain people are creative is wrong. Everybody is creative in their own way and just because someone’s creativity may not be as obvious as someone else’s, it should still be encouraged in a similar way. Creativity is important in many different areas of your life; it can keep a relationship fresh and exciting, it can help with hobbies and interests and it can definitely help in the business world.

Most employers would rank creativity very highly on a list of attributes that their potential employees should have and nearly all business owners would like to say that there work force is full of creative ideas. However, this is not often the case as employees can feel reluctant to express themselves creatively at work for many different reasons.

Now more than ever, business need to find new ways of developing and growing as a company and creative employees are sure to help with this. Here are a few ways you can increase the creativity, and therefore the productivity in your work place.

Encourage Interaction

A lot of business owners and managers will set their work environment up in a way which, in their own view, will get the most out of their employees and therefore promote productivity. However, the thought process behind this can often be misled. Arranging the desks in an office so that nobody is facing each other or separating each individual into their own cubicle may not be the best way to promote good work; especially when thinking about creativity.

Creativity works on a basis by which an idea is conceived and then developed by a process of discussion and manipulation. This cannot happen if your workforce is not encouraged to interact with one another. As long as the conversation remains focussed; ideas will be allowed to develop and flourish in a productive environment.

Have Regular Meetings

It may sound strange to anybody working in a small company but people working in many of the larger corporations are likely to never have met most of the other people that work within the business. Whether it’s just between all the people in a single department or whether it involves many different areas of your company, getting your workforce together for regular meetings can really improve creativity in the work place.

They will be able to find out how things work in different areas of the business and in different branches which in turn may give them some ideas for the area in which they work. It will also give everybody an opportunity to discuss any ideas or concepts that they might have with like-minded people and people that are well informed to be able to give them feedback.

You could even take your employees on regular courses that help to improve their creativity. Creativity can be learned and developed in someone, even if they don’t regard themselves to be a creative person. These courses will help to improve creative thinking and brainstorm facilitation.

Have an ‘Open Door’ Policy

Although this may sound like something you might hear a cheesy boss say in a movie or a sitcom, having an open door for your employees is a great way to encourage the creativity inside them to thrive. If they feel like they cannot approach their manager with any ideas they have, that idea may never have the chance to develop.

If you encourage your workforce to come to you with any ideas or potential advancements they may have for the business then you may be surprised with the results. No idea is bad and even if you don’t like the things that your employees are thinking up, just knowing that they can speak to you about any thought they might have will encourage them to be more creative in the work they do.

This article is written by Chris Mayhew on behalf of Now Go Create. Visit their website today to see how their creativity training can improve brainstorm facilitation and creative thinking for your business.

 

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Advertising Outdoors

How do you create great outdoor advertising? What separates an advert which passers-by recall despite only seeing for a matter of seconds from an advert which a passer-by claims to have never seen before, despite the fact the advert has been plastered on a 20m square board?
A large number of things separate these actually.
The most important thing to remember is that generally people who are outdoors don’t want to be marketed to so may be in a mode which is specifically set to ignore everything whilst they are getting from A to B. Therefore getting their attention is vital and the main aim. There are a number of ways to grab their attention and the most obvious way is creativity. If someone spots something which they believe to be creative, often this is their very first thought regardless of what it might be representing. Half the battle is getting the attention of passers-by so if you’re outdoor advert has a level of creativity which stops public dead in their tracks and draws a protracted “Ooooooh” from their mouth, well you may just be on for a winner. You may have seen a fair few examples of these “Ooooooh” adverts, namely the Kit Kat bench advert and the Cadbury’s half-eaten billboard. If you haven’t seen them, have a search online.
Another important factor to remember is the limited time which a passer-by might have to fully absorb the information from the advert. If your advert contains around three paragraphs of text but is next to a road where drivers will have approached, been in-line with and passed the advert within a matter of five seconds, there is a very high chance that they did not read any of your three carefully worded paragraphs. Generally, less is best, although this is not always the case in certain situations.
Like with any advertising campaign, you need to make sure that you carefully plan out the delivery and execution of your advert. You can create an outdoor advert to the likes of which the world has never ever seen before, but if it’s sat on a side street which receives no traffic it is definitely a  wasted effort. Outdoor advertising allows for masses amount of creativity and you can create campaigns that are truly memorable, as long as careful consideration is given to the unique set of circumstances which comes as part of the package with advertising outdoors.

Justin Peach has a keen interest on Advertising outdoors. He often write on behalf of Outdoor Advertising UK Ltd

 

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Your Secret Wealth

Secret wealth is not so secret, if you consider that innovation has made many people into millionaires.  How you might wonder can this be? It is not a mystery.  Creativity and finding new ways to solve old problems typically improves things for everyone.  Every advancement in human society has come from  the individual who has sought to solve an old problem in a new way.  This is innovation.  And innovation is in high demand right now.

Being creative in the workplace is one way to unlock your personal secret wealth.  While you need to use this creativity wisely, within the rules that are established, sometimes approaching your boss with a new solution to a problem can improve overall moral and how work is accomplished within the workplace. When the corporate culture does not encourage innovation then it becomes a dead environment that is dreary to work in.  As the pace of business accelerates it becomes very important to be creative and innovative in problem solving.  Doing things the same old way because “we have always done them” that way is not necessarily the most effective method.

What then is your secret wealth?  It is creativity. Plan and simple.  Tap into this and you can develop ideas and problem solving innovation that improves not only your life but the lives of those around you. You see signs of this everywhere, from the way we communicate to how we stay entertained. Every advancement in society started with innovation and someone seeking a way to solve a problem in a new way.

We might think that everything to be solved has been solved, every problem that we personally can correct has been corrected.  This simply is not true.  Every day we run into a million little problems, from the moment we wake to the moment we sleep.  Picking a problem at work to find another solution to is only one way to make yourself tap into your hidden wealth.  The individual who comes up with the next craze or fad will sit down and solve a common problem with some unexpected innovation.  This could be you.  All you need to do is find a problem in your interests and seek an innovative solution to it.

It is not harder work that makes someone who is rich have that financial windfall.  Nor is it better smarts, education, or talents.  What it is – creativity.  Finding your secret wealth and attaining your goals is as simple as being innovative.  We all have the potential, we just need to tap into it.  Believe that your ideas have merit, you can come up with new solutions to existing problems that are better then the old method used to deal with it, and then be open to the benefits that come your direction from that creative moment.

It is simple.  Give innovation to the world, help those around you with creative solutions to their problems, and reap the benefits from your work like never before. That is your secret wealth.

Please visit The Personal Development Company if you would like to learn more about Your Secret Wealth principles by Jay Abraham

 

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