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An uninspiring work environment is among the causes that reduce creativity at work

62% of Spanish workers want be more creative in your current jobHowever, only 34% acknowledge that they perform daily tasks that require creativity ... This follows from a survey prepared by the multinational Steelcase "Creativity at work" made 5,000 workers from six of the world's largest economies: Germany, France, USA, Spain, United Kingdom and Japan.

Technology is overwhelmingly changing the way of living and working and the integration of Artificial Intelligence in our lives It will be growing. However, robots will be a help tool for humans, not competition. The fundamental thing about the automation process is to manage and train people and apply knowledge in decision making, planning or creative work, explains Alejandro Pociña, president of Steelcase and the environment and work environment, in this sense, they have a lot to say.

This study shows that companies are not granting workers neither time, nor space, nor the necessary conditions for creativity to emerge. Thus, according to the report, organizational processes (35%), workload (83%) and uninspiring offices (20%) These are the main barriers that put a brake on the creative process in the work environment.

Breaking these barriers begins with accepting that creativity does not take place by itself It is necessary to encourage and support it in the context of a creative environment. Organizations can help foster creative thinking while building a culture of open and trustful team, through an inspiring environment.

Some tips to achieve more inspiring spaces are:

  • Make space more flexible: create a space with fixed and mobile elements with panels that can be moved, use configurable and mobile solutions, achieve the necessary privacy to carry out audio and videoconferences and give the option to choose where and how to work depending on the task they have to perform.

  • Design an inspiring environment: abundant natural light and good views, include natural elements through the use of different patterns, colors and textures, so that people can be transported abroad, filling them with energy, relaxing and stimulating them, use color depending on the need to stimulate or relax, design comfortable and useful spaces for informal relationships and let workers personalize their own work space with stimulating elements.

  • Create collaborative spaces: position individual workspaces around group spaces to maximize visibility, create group areas for braimstorming meetings and informal information points, facilitate connections to involve virtual teams that are in other locations, facilitate the possibility of displaying information vertically with blackboards, surfaces where you can stick or project and favor different positions throughout the working day (standing, sitting, reclining, moving), to improve physical, cognitive and emotional well-being.

  • Make space another tool: make that space is technologically connected, consider the walls as spaces to display information, make storage spaces accessible to the entire group, consider the items to be stored, both to store materials and to define spaces and create natural boundaries with screens, walls, furniture and plants to Design specific areas for creativity.

What do you think of these ideas?

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