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How to be creative and innovative at work: 7 tips to follow

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Companies are always looking for employees who can push the envelope and come up with new, fresh ideas. But being innovative at work isn’t always easy – how do you hone your creative skills and bring new ideas to the table?  

If you want to stand out from the crowd, follow my seven tips to learn how to be creative and innovative at work.

7 ways to innovate at work 

1. Be open to new ideas. 

One of the best ways to improve your creative skills at work is to approach every problem and new idea with ambiguity. 

Don't be afraid to try new things or take risks, even if it means making mistakes. The most successful innovators are constantly changing, adapting and evolving. 

2. Think outside of the box. 

Consider different solutions with every project and task you take on. Ask yourself “what if?” questions to find various answers to a problem that may be more innovative than what you originally would come up with. 

For example, if you’re working on a PowerPoint presentation, ask yourself, ‘what if I include visuals to make the presentation more engaging and easier to understand?’ Or, ‘what if I try testing a new strategy to achieve better results?’ 

3. Find inspiration from different sources.

Sometimes, finding inspiration can feel like searching for a needle in a haystack. Luckily, there are many sources that you can draw from to spark your creativity.Try:

  • Listening to a podcast.
  • Reading industry newsletters.
  • Attending career workshops.
  • Watching videos related to your job.

Keeping up with industry trends and following thought leaders can help you stay up to date with the latest developments and best practices.

4. Collaborate with your peers. 

Inspiration can come from anywhere, including other people. Different perspectives can lead to novel ideas and help you find new ways to innovate at work. 

Work with your peers and team members to brainstorm ideas and bounce concepts off each other. Collaboration can help identify blind spots and uncover new viewpoints that you may not have thought of on your own. 

5. Experiment with new problem-solving techniques.

Trying new problem-solving techniques can help you break out of old habits and see things in a new way. It can trigger creative thinking that leads to innovative solutions.

Look for problems or challenges in your work and find innovative ways to solve them by using new:

  • Technologies.
  • Tools.
  • Processes.

Experiment with new approaches and be willing to fail. Sometimes the most creative solutions are found through trial and error.

6. Use your individuality. 

Your individuality is what makes you stand out from the crowd. Everyone has their own unique experiences that can be used to bring fresh perspectives and ideas to the table.  

For example, reflect on previous work projects that were successful and incorporate some of the components that worked well into new projects or problem-solving sessions. 

Don’t forget to let your personality shine through your work. It just might be the key to unlocking your full creative potential. 

7. Be confident.  

Being confident is essential if you want to be creative and innovative at work. Confidence allows you to trust your instincts and take risks, which are crucial components of creativity.  

When you believe in yourself and your abilities, you are more likely to put forward bold ideas and concepts, even if they go against the norm or challenge the status quo.  

Trust yourself and your ideas! 

Be more productive at work.

While you’re infusing your creativity into your work, learn how to be more productive so you can get ahead of your workload. 
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Kylie started her corporate recruiting career at Schneider in 2021. In this role, she's responsible for bringing in successful inside sellers and freight brokers to the Green Bay STM location. Kylie transitioned to recruiting after several years of working in sales in the home interiors industry. She enjoys thrifting, DIY projects and spending time on the lake with her husband and English bulldog mix.

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