Artists & Craftsmen lead the Way
Since the early stages of mankind, artists of the day have used imagery in their drawings to relate and preserve stories of their era. In countries where Cave Drawings have been discovered, they’ve served as confirmation to other historical documentation. Drawings of floods, famines, as well as animals fleeing from fires are just some of the images explorers have uncovered over the centuries.
Mankind has long recognized that images can be used to record actual events, so it's not surprising that Artists and Craftsmen have led the way in the advancement of societies. Skilled hands have been instrumental in the building of bridges, roadways, cathedrals and castles, down to everyday household furniture and utensils. Look around, everything you see has been designed by someone’s hand!
If we accept the reality that inventions are sparked by new ideas and implemented by the work of a craftsman, how then can business leaders incorporate this concept into the everyday work force? What environment factors helps determine if a business succeeds or fails?
Some environment factors that negate creativity in a workforce are:
- Exhaustion and Stress.Don’t expect a worker will come up with new ideas if they are overworked and/or underpaid. A 50+ hour work week can in fact deter new ideas and solutions in a work environment even if one’s salary makes up for the over-time hours. Lengthy work-weeks do not always result in increased productivity. Tired workers, more often than not, accomplish fewer results than if they are rested and work shorter hours.
- Asking but refusing to act on new ideas.If Employers want the staff to suggest new ways to enhance productivity and generate more income, then they must be willing to go-the-extra mile to ensure those ideas are tried. This means more than having scheduled “brain-storming sessions” where ideas are thrown out but never incorporated. Sure, these sessions can result in bonding with other employees and a break from one’s regular duties, but if an Employee doesn’t feel their suggestions are taken seriously, don’t expect their cooperation in the future.
- Stealing Employees ideas.Nothing like taking personal credit from another’s ideas will cause an Employee to jump ship or start their own company. If a leader implements a new idea, not of their own making, then a monetary reward or some other type of recognition is warranted. From the time a worker is hired, the Employee Recognition incentives should be known and practiced.
An Employer guilty of any of the above 3 factors will need to make major revisions before any attempt can be made to Cultivate a Creative Culture in their work environment.
(to be continued….)