What can you do to improve innovation? 

Innovation creates opportunities for greater efficiency, cost reduction and a more committed and productive environment. 

With so many excellent innovative workplace practices floating around, it can take time to figure out which are worth pursuing. So we thought we would suggest our favourite 3 to help get your innovation started in 2023! 

There’s one to create more innovative content for your social media, another to free up space to be more creative, and one to make your employees happy to stay, collaborate and innovate across teams. 

Show, dont tell.

Use your workplace as social media content. Behind-the-scenes insight into workplaces is a genius and easy way to connect with your following. We can all agree there is more connection between authentic insight, whether video images or audio, than staged productions. 

Real people are the key to genuine relationships, and audiences want to learn more about the people behind their favourite brands.

Offering your audience a peek behind the curtains gives them a feeling of inclusion that helps connect with your brand on a deeper level – with behind-the-scenes content, you are revealing an authentic side of your company or product to your audience.

Embrace ‘Bridging’ as a key to innovation.

Business owners should encourage bridging roles as they transition from fully remote to hybrid models. Dedicated “bridging” roles in hybrid settings can help businesses build connections and collaboration between teams. Staff might take these “bridging” (temporary positions) at the end of a full-time career or as they transition to a different one. The benefits are endless; not only will you retain staff, but these experiences also allow for creative innovation across teams and help employees seek new ways to connect with the most qualified collaborators within the business instead of merely relying on the most conveniently available staff.

Audit your meetings 

We all know meetings can take a lot of time and energy, leaving little for the real work. Therefore, unproductive meetings are a vital strain on your time and people’s productivity.

An ideal team meeting should be filled with ideas to inspire creativity, collaboration and productivity. They should be quick and engaging, and well-led.

The fact is that some meetings are necessary; others are not. If you want to improve your productivity and avoid wasting time, you need to know which are worth insisting on and which aren’t.

No matter the size of your business or the industry it’s within, conducting a meeting audit is simple, and it can be done quickly by following these stages: 

  1. First, create a list of recurring meetings.
  2. Assess how long each meeting runs for, does this need to change?
  3. Write the purpose of each meeting.
  4. Write out an agenda if you can 
  5. Now, determine any potential changes and improvements – or remove them altogether! 

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