Creativity leads the way to innovation – a crucial aspect of an organization’s growth and stature in a thriving market. Some of the largest and most successful organizations rely on the knowledge and expertise of their dispersed teams to execute creative endeavors which directly contributes to their diverse composition. This speaks volumes on how remote workers impact the success of their organizations.
There are a few factors that help remote workers remain creative and innovative:
- Remote workers are trusted to do their jobs.
Managers are important members of a team, but in an office setting, they run the risk of becoming too involved in their employees’ work. Traditionally, remote workers are exempt from being micromanaged. Also, they will work hard not just to meet, but exceed expectations when they feel there is a high level of trust. They will feel more comfortable speaking up about their ideas and will have time to act on them.
- The diversity of remote teams can help offer a fresh perspective.
The different skills and experiences of members of remote teams are helpful for innovative efforts. It creates a well-rounded group that uses their diversity to solve problems and accomplish goals in conventional and unconventional methods. Also, interacting with members of different cultures forces the team to be more open-minded about alternative views and work harder to make sure the team thrives.
- People are more creative at work when they feel they are in control of their environment.
Being at home where one can be comfortable can directly influence their level of creativity. Unlike being in an office cubicle, remote workers can set the mood and become engulfed in their work on their own time. They can break unproductive patterns simply by changing rooms, taking a walk around the block or listening to their favorite song. Taking a break gives workers an opportunity to re-evaluate their ideas and de-stress.
- Meetings can be shorter, but more impactful.
Remote teams that hold online meetings to debrief have to use the best of their time. Dispersed team members can have some barriers to overcome: language, time zone, family responsibilities, etc. For this reason, meetings must be impactful and engaging. The ability to confront team needs in a quick, concise way leaves more time for problem-solving and creative brainstorming sessions. Each member can be addressed, and all ideas have a better chance of being heard which can help the group stay on task and pick up any slack if need be.
Working remotely has many benefits, but it really can be helpful to enhance a team’s overall creativity. It encourages individuals to be team players regardless of their location, and it’s a valuable way for an organization to support innovation from its employees. Remote employees are irreplaceable members of a company and rightfully so.