If you're trying to impress your employer or gain recognition at your job, show your creative side! You'll stand out from your colleagues for doing something differently and you'll earn yourself a reputation for being a smart thinker. Follow these tips on how to be creative in the workplace.
See creative opportunities in everything. Opportunities to be creative at work aren't always going to jump out at you. As an employee, you need to look for projects that allow you to use your creative side. Consider a different, more efficient way of solving a problem or complete a project. Don't wait to be asked for a better solution - search it out! Research other methods for doing things that your boss and your colleagues hadn't thought of. Take the initiative to insert some creativity into your job every day, rather than waiting for the need for creativity to fall on your lap.
Talk to your boss about taking on more responsibilities. If your current job doesn't leave you much room for creativity, consider branching out. Discuss other assignments with your boss that will allow you to show your creative edge on the job. Your boss will like your forward approach, and you'll gain recognition for going above and beyond your regular duties. Plus, if you can help another team to find a creative solution to a problem, you'll become a more valued employee at your job. (And who isn't concerned about job security these days?)
Find out what works for your competition. If your company has a set way of doing things, look around to find alternative methods that have worked for other companies like yours. Find out what methods your competition has used to successfully grow their business, and bring those ideas to business meetings. Your boss and your colleagues will be impressed with your initiative as well as your creative ideas. Anything that improves business or makes your colleagues' jobs easier is worth suggesting. Others will see your suggestions as creative thinking and applaud you for your contributions.
Be a leader. Employees can also be creative in the workplace by taking hold of the reigns and becoming a leader. Volunteer to head the next project group so that you can put your creative tilt on things. Or sign up to lead the charity drive next month and come up with a creative way for your colleagues to be involved. As a leader in the workplace, you won't need to worry about how your creativity will come across to those in charge because you're only answering to yourself. You can put your creative spin on the projects you are a part of by taking charge and getting involved.
Employees can be creative in the workplace in many different ways. And however they choose to do so, creativity will be welcomed by all for its ability to improve sales, lessen time requirements on projects and build stronger relationships between employees.