Workplace environment can inspire employees

Tuesday 12 June 2012

The business environment can potentially impact upon how creative employees are in the workplace, it has been suggested.

Dominic Swords, co-chair of judges for the National Business Awards in partnership with Orange, said small details can matter when it comes to bringing the best out in employees.

"If the environment you're working in is not inspiring and causes you not to feel creative, that can limit your ability to see beyond the day job," he stated.

"There is a moment where you've got to be practical, and not splash the cash on very extravagant environments, but if you want to be more creative you need to create environments where people are inspired by their working surroundings."

Mr Swords, an economist at the Henley Business School, described this as "an important issue" which affects how people think and how they relate to each other.

He suggested that one way to inspire people in the workplace is to clearly explain the mission of the business to employees.

"Make sure that's absolutely clear to people in the business - communicating with clarity and simplicity is the way in which you will motivate people and get them much more engaged in the organisation," Mr Swords stated.

"If you can do that the awards will come flooding in, because you're going to be successful and it's going to be clearly understood why you are successful."

Posted by Sarah Parish