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Technology in Recruiting – save time and Money Without Losing the Human Touch

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While technology continues to advance, companies will have to keep the human touch, in regards to the workplace. Finding and retaining the right talent depends on many key factors. Those factors include: finding a candidate that matches the company culture, using the right platform to find those candidates, and keeping up with technological advances, in regards to recruiting.

Which Recruiting Company Will Find for you the Right Talent?

Many recruiting companies offer different types of deals and platforms to find candidates. Some will send you resumes to sort through, some will narrow down your search, and others will use both technology and holistic approaches to find the right candidate. It’s important to take this into account when deciding which company to use. Would you like a short term employee or long term? Would you like to spend time interviewing or have a recruiting company do that legwork for you? How vast is that company’s lens in regards to finding candidates? You have to consider all these questions.

What Types of Technological Resources do Recruiting Companies Have?

There are many different types of websites and software programs that recruiting companies can utilize to reach out to candidates. SourceMatch uses these sources, not just one, to find the best candidates for a certain role. After that, SourceMatch provides even more assessments, to learn about this candidate. We offer skills assessments as well as behavior-based assessments. Using these tools, SourceMatch aligns the top candidates to your company’s open role. We take pride in matching a workplace culture to an applicant’s style of working.

How Does Big Data Play a Role?

Big data plays a role in a company’s hiring process. According to entrepreneur.com: “Earlier, companies had little to guide them on a potential applicant’s future flight risk other than gut feeling. Now, tools integrated with artificial intelligence (AI) and deep analytic capabilities can parse the data on your company’s current employees — including their prior experiences, skills and latest achievements — to learn what good candidates look like based on past hiring decisions. In addition to your own enterprise data, AI can look at data from across the industry to build a profile that can then be applied to cull resumes, screen candidates based on warning signs, and grade and rank a shortlist of qualified candidates for each job opening.” Technology is very much integrated into recruiting. At SourceMatch, we actually use a unique combination of technology and workplace culture matches. We identify each client’s needs and work together to assess and identify the best talent.

Understanding How Culture and Technology Work Together in Recruiting

We incorporate culture and technology in recruiting practices. It takes a balance of knowing the advancing technologies available, and how to incorporate those while recruiting. According to forbes.com: “When newly hired executives leave after a relatively short period of time, the reason is rarely that they lacked the technical skills to deliver on the job. More often, it’s because they struggled to form relationships within the company or lacked cultural compatibility.” That being said, knowing your clients and staying up to date with current technology, can benefit both recruiters and employers. Recruiters can utilize social media and other recruiting platforms, while also getting to know more about their clients and candidates. This allows for the correct “pairing” of the candidate with the client’s organization.

How Social Media can Help the Recruiting Process

Many recruiters have seen the benefits of using social media to find candidates. You can learn about communication and personality, as well as some work history (if listed). You have people sharing job openings through social media as well as recruiters reaching out to candidates via social media. According to entrepreneur.com: “Employers from different industries have reported over 30% increase in the referral candidate counts via social media recruiting techniques. Industry recruiters have always preferred the candidates referred by existing employees, and social media helps them engage in referral recruitment easily.”

The Pros and Cons of an Automated Hiring Process

Technology can make the hiring process more effective for both candidates and recruiters. Candidates can now search and apply for many jobs rather than filling out applications and dropping them off at the front desk. This benefits candidates and employers in regards to saving time, but it can take away from the “human” interaction aspects. Technology can also help “weed” out incorrect candidates at a much faster rate, leading recruiters to the best candidates, sooner. On the other hand, keeping a more personal, human approach helps both recruiters and candidates find the best job. A person may look good on paper, but that person may not fit in the work culture of a certain position or workplace. Knowing both the personality of the candidates, as well as the culture of the workplace, give recruiters the ultimate advantage.

Keeping the Human Touch in Recruiting

To keep a human approach in recruiting, companies can either hire internally, use personality assessments, or reach out to recruiting companies that use more than AI. Hiring internally gives employees and employers opportunities for growth. Employees know that there is room for growth and employers have the time to learn about their employees. Using personality assessments give employees and employers knowledge about where they fit in the company work culture. This can boost employee and employer confidence in job roles and relations. Using a recruiting partner, companies can learn about new models of finding the right candidates and fix any retention related issues. This is great for companies that have noticed human or workplace-related concerns, along with high turnover.

Employer Branding Practices in Recruiting

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Have you heard the rumors? Did you know how much employer branding can do for your business? Promoting your company as an employer of choice to the people you want to hire is the smart way to attract talent. Before we dive deeper into what efficient employer branding looks like, we want to make one thing clear: working with the right recruitment company will make your brand shine brighter. If you associate yourself with professional recruitment firms, the brand you spent time creating, will be presented to target groups as you wish. This will allow you to reach your goals in a proficient way. However, let’s get back to our subject.

You want to attract, recruit and retain a specific type of talent. In this case, employer branding can facilitate hiring the right fit. Truth be told, a company’s employees represent the ideal and mission it stands for, the culture inside of it, and your company has an employer brand, whether you have actively pursued one or not. If you haven’t yet strategically pursued to recruit through your brand, you might find yourself in the peculiar case of having a huge disadvantage. That is because smart employers are out there in the digital world and they pay close attention to their image. They have a target in mind, and they structure their approach in such a manner that the image they create is appealing to the talented people they want to hire. They are strategically smart and increase their statistical chance of having a profitable business.

Why does employer branding matter and why do companies invest so heavily to attract and retain talent through their hiring process? Statistics show it clearly. 86% of HR professionals say recruitment is becoming more like marketing. And when you take into account surveys that say that employee turnover can be reduced by 28% by investing in employer brand or other statistics that show how 50% of candidates wouldn’t work for a company with a bad reputation – even for a pay increase, you have a strong case for investing in it.

When it comes to employer branding, reputation and popularity are key factors to be considered. When people who are on the hunt for a job, and even cold prospects, look at you as a company, they see a business identity and quickly assess for themselves if it is an identity they would want to be associated with. They assess your value proposition, they automatically assume they are able to provide you with the quality of work that you desire, and they ask themselves if the type of career you offer fits their aspirations. If the answer is yes, they try to get an interview with you. An article on employer branding pointed out that 78% of job candidates say the overall candidate experience they get is an indicator of how a company values its people. This means that not just your image is key but also the way you conduct your hiring process.

Provided that you already have a strategy in place, there are certain tools that can help you improve your employer brand. Although 49% of employers believe they don’t have the tools to effectively enhance employer brand, that is far from today’s digital reality. You can apply marketing methods and tactics to showcase your brand. There are also recruitment marketing tools that work wonders. They are all about increasing your brand awareness through career sites or email campaigns. That is to say that the way you present yourself through your website matters. In a survey done by CareerArc in 2018 a 52 percent majority of respondent candidates first seek out a company’s sites and social media to learn more about an employer. So, if the impression you create on social media is a good one, you’ve got yourself in a position that gets candidates’ attention.

Another factor to be taken into consideration is “word of mouth”– generated an opinion. Whether you like it or not it is also a part of employer branding. Your employees talk about you and also your former employees talk about you. They share things with their friends, they post little ironies on their social media pages and companies can’t hide anymore behind marketing gimmicks and buzzwords because there is so much more transparency generated by the need to be more authentic. One option is to think strategically about these uncontrollable “word-of-mouth” factors and influence them positively, addressing them internally and genuinely trying to resolve concerns or issues. But first, you need to adopt a strategic approach to employer branding across the employment lifecycle. One good thing to start with would be to undertake an employer brand audit followed by an employee experience mapping project. The results you would gather from will inspire your leaders to change their perspective and thinking on how their management style affects the company’s brand.

At SourceMatch we have our own way of doing employer branding and what lies at its core is communication and the shared sense of our core values. They include doing things with integrity and putting excellence into perspective. We culturally fit together and we also invest in each other’s personal development, and that adds value to the outcome of our recruitment process. You can get a taste of our personal spin on employer branding throughout our social media.

 

Future of jobs Infographic – Series Industry – Information & Communication Technologies

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Stop for a moment and look around.

The world is changing, and that’s a good thing. If you are not seeing it, you won’t be able to avoid it whether you like it or not. It is quite essential to develop a clear sense of what is happening around in the labor market and understand how these changes are affecting your Industry. Everything was planned, shaped for the benefit of economies and societies, and the implications of changes to work for individuals, for their livelihoods and for the youngest generations studying to enter the workforce down the line.
Are we alarmed that this change will have a negative impact on the workforce? The truth is that many in the marketplace are wondering if new technologies will replace the human employee. This isn’t the first industrial revolution that creates worries about technological unemployment. It’s commonly accepted (and also debated) that the introduction of new technologies has displaced skilled workers but created demand for jobs. Hence the idea that innovative technology at a large scale does not replace human work but enhances it by increasing productivity and thus output levels.

However, there are complex feedback loops between new technology, jobs, and skills. New technologies can drive business growth, job creation and demand for specialist skills but they can also displace entire roles when certain tasks become obsolete or automated.
At the same time, our belief is that these transformations, if managed wisely, will lead to a new age of good jobs, good work and improved quality of life for all.

First, let’s see how technology adoption can affect the Information and Communication industry. A huge share of survey respondents from the industry indicated that, by 2022, their company was “likely” or “very likely” (on a 5-point scale) to have adopted new technology as part of its growth strategy.

Second, if we look at the barriers to adoption of new technologies, we can see the five biggest perceived barriers to the implementation of new technologies across the industry, as ranked by the share of survey respondents. The following graphic will show the obstacles that were selected by the survey respondents that were perceived as impediments to successful new technology adoption faced by their company.

Thirdly we have the expected impact of new technology adoption on the workforce. In the following graphic, you can see the percentages representing the share of survey respondents from the industry who expect their company to have adopted the stated measure(s) over the 2018–2022 period as part of their current growth strategy.

Adopting new technology comes packaged with promises but also with challenges. Yet, even if these technologies increase our productivity and improve our lives, their use will substitute some activities that are currently handled by people, a development that has sparked much public concern. At the same time, to leverage the benefits of new technology, workers will need to acquire skills enabling them to thrive in the workplace of the future and develop their ability to continuously learn and upskill throughout their lives.

Source: Report

4 Hiring Trends 2019

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In the Infographic below, we’re highlighting 4 hiring trends that you should consider when making a hire in 2019.

Let’s talk about the first one: Artificial Intelligence.
AI, as we already noticed, has an impact on the recruiting processes, making them easier to handle. According to studies, 52% of talent acquisition leaders say the hardest part of recruitment is identifying the right candidates from a large applicant pool. Katrina Kibben, Randstad argues that “Any area of recruiting where distinct inputs and outputs occur – like screening, sourcing, and assessments – will largely become automated”.

However, AI requires abilities from a recruiter in order to use the new technologies, so the question remains: are the HR/ talent acquisition department/ recruiters ready for it?

Hiring for potential.
Although experience is not to be neglected, it does not equal performance. So why focus your attention on hiring for potential instead of experience? Besides the reduced costs, there are many benefits to what a less experienced but driven candidate might bring to the table, such as adaptability, creative thinking, communication skills, or flexibility.
Let’s keep in mind the fact that what used to work in the past, might not work in the future, and hence why adaptability is a key trait.

Work flexibility
Why offer flexible hours? Because you want happy and productive employees. Let’s put it this way: If an employee has problems in their personal life, it affects their professional one, and vice-versa. Work-life balance is a direct result of employees’ ability to have a say in how they use their time for work. Needless to say that with flexibility comes great responsibility and openness to staying accountable.

Candidate experience
Why is the candidate experience important, you may ask? Monster’s CandE report found that of the candidates who had a positive hiring experience:
1. 62% will increase their relationship with brands products and networks;
2. 78% would refer someone in the future;
3. 62% would apply again.

These trends help us understand how to best adapt to the future of work. They impact the way companies relate to the labor market, what candidates expect from new jobs, and how organizations can create an environment that encourages professionals to attain their full potential. Despite a heavy emphasis on autonomous technology, at SourceMatch we believe that human interaction is by far the one that candidates will remember best from the whole hiring process. So what are you doing to make sure that whether they are selected or not for a job, candidate’s will have a lasting positive impression of your organization, brand, and employees?

Sources:
ideal.com/ai-recruiting/
www.digitalistmag.com/future-of-work/2018/06/29/should-you-hire-for-experience-or-potential-06177338
theundercoverrecruiter.com/global-stats-recruiting-trends/
www.forbes.com/sites/serenitygibbons/2018/08/16/how-ai-can-make-recruiting-more-efficient/#186f43c52acc
www.shrm.org/ResourcesAndTools/hr-topics/talent-acquisition/pages/many-job-seekers-are-ready-to-work-with-ai-chatbots.aspx
medium.com/ansaro-blog/introducing-ansaro-767a1aaccbe
www.inc.com/springboard/5-reasons-to-hire-for-potential-over-experience.html
syndeohro.com/3919-2/
www.recruitment-international.co.uk/blog/2018/02/70-percent-of-millennials-want-flexible-working-options-research-finds
ideal.com/stats-candidate-experience/

hiring.monster.com/employer-resources/recruiting-strategies/talent-acquisition/candidate-experience-best-practices/

Future of jobs Infographic – Series Industry – Profile Financial Services & Investors

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This data provides a better understanding of the potential of new technologies. Adopting them will not only create disruption in the jobs market but will have the role to improve the quality of the existing work of human employees. By 2022, the enhancement of existing jobs through technology may free up workers from the majority of data processing and information gathering tasks.

At the same time, technology adoption might also affect more complex tasks such as reasoning and decision-making as augmentation becomes common over the years as a way to supplement and complement human labor.
New technology, more importantly, can enable increased productivity across multiple industries. The way companies compete will be affected too, with more weight given to those able to leverage technologies as tools to complement and enhance human work, rather than competitive advantages focused on operations or the ability to attract talent.

There are three aspects you should focus on. These following infographics will show you how new technology adoption influences Financial Services and Investors Industry. Even more, these will show you the existing barriers created by new technology, and also portray the expected impact on the workforce.

Let’s start with a look at how technology adoption affects Financial Services & Investors. A huge share of analysis of the respondents from the industry indicated that, by 2022, their company was “likely” or “very likely” (on a 5-point scale) to have adopted new technology as part of its growth strategy.

Secondly, when we check out the barriers to adoption of new technologies, the five biggest perceived barriers to the implementation of new technologies across the industry become very clear, as ranked by the share of survey respondents.

Thirdly, here’s the expected impact of new technology adoption on the workforce. In this last chart, you can see the percentages representing the opinion of survey respondents from the industry who expect their company to have adopted the stated measure(s) over the 2018–2022 period as part of their current growth strategy.

Technological progress presents a real challenge to existing business models and practices. Despite their disruptive potential, these dynamic changes will act as a pivot towards growth for those organizations that will dedicate resources to overcome them.

Source: Report

What Does the Independent Workforce Look Like?

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How does the independent workforce change the game in America’s economy nowadays?
This powerful workforce is adding $715 billion annually to the economy through their freelance work, according to Freelancers Union.

The traditional 9-to-5 schedule has become a less common job schedule. Professionals have new opportunities, whether these concern work-life balance, flexibility, diversified project-based openings, access to an independent life, financial benefits and so on. Businesses in return, can access talent at the right time for the necessary time frame, and with the right skill sets.

The Infographic below reveals the 56.7 million freelancers in America, divided into 5 categories:

1. Independent Contractors (17.6 millions)
2. Diversified Workers (17.6 million)
3. Moonlighters (14.7 million)
4. Temporary Workers (3.4 million)
5. Freelance Business Owners (3.4 million)

This type of work causes economic changes: where there’s demand, there should be more work. However, there’s a cultural and social shift as well. “With effects on social structures around civil rights, workforce participation, and even democracy itself, so too will this shift to a more independent workforce have major impacts on how Americans conceive of and organize their lives, their communities, and their economic power.” – says the independent study commissioned by Freelancers Union & Upwork.

The US labor market is changing fast. Talent platforms are reducing the costs of finding talent, and they’re not only providing more work to freelancers but also growing economies. By 2025, these online talent platforms could boost global GDP by $2.7 trillion annually, according to a report released by the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI)

Millennials are the largest generation in the U.S. labor force that are driven by flexibility when it comes to when and where to work, and freelancing offers both. That is something we should take in consideration when looking for new talent.

This study from 2018, surveyed more than 6,000 U.S. workers and revealed new findings each year (starting in 2014) that showed us how much Americans spend on freelancing.

Sources:
https://medium.com/@umka_/five-common-types-of-freelancers-5096812cb192
https://www.slideshare.net/upwork/freelancing-in-america-2018-120288770/1

Future of jobs Infographic Series – Industry Profile – Global Health & Healthcare

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Industries are ready to take diverse routes in the adoption of new technologies, and the distinctive nature of the work performed within each sector will result in disruption to jobs and skills that will demand industry-specific adaptation.

However, if we are referring at the relative level of education in the financial services industry, displaced roles can be easily balanced by assigning workers with an alternative, higher value-added functions. In contrast, the two largest job roles in the consumer industry, Cashiers and Sales Associates, accounting for no less than 45% of total industry employment, have a comparatively small share of workers with advanced education.
The interindustry analysis of the roles experiencing falling and rising demand suggests the possibility of using these industry-specific differences of displaced workers by expanding the search for new opportunities across the industry.

Although the changes in the labor market described in this data, are not foregone conclusions, they are reasonable forecasts arising from the actions and investments decisions taken by companies in response to global trends today.
With the adoption of this new technology, companies feel competitive pressures similar to the way they felt compelled to create global supply chains in the 1990s and 2000s.

As a result, these trends affecting business leaders’ decision environments determine a wide range of company responses that collectively shape the future nature of jobs.

Let’s start with a look at the following infographic and see how Global Health & Healthcare is influenced by this new technology adoption. A huge share of analysis of the respondents from the industry indicated that, by 2022, their company was “likely” or “very likely” (on a 5-point scale) to have adopted new technology as part of its growth strategy.

The following graphic underlines the major obstacles that were perceived by the survey participants as impediments to successful new technology adoption faced by their company.

Nonetheless, we would like to share this information about the expected impact of new technology adoption on the workforce. In this last graphic, you can see the percentages representing the share of survey respondents from the industry who expect their company to have adopted the stated measure(s) over the 2018–2022 period as part of their current growth strategy.

The expectation of this technological progress presents a real challenge to the existing business models and practices. At the same time, we hope for the next years that these dynamic changes, whether they are causing confusion or will be constructive will be the exact reason why new opportunities of growth appear.

Source: Report

Will talent make or break the future of your organization?

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The concept of Talentism has been coined down by Charles Schwab (founder of the World Economic Forum) back in 2012 as being the only logical era to replace capitalism. Capital has been one of the key drivers for the industrial era, fueling technology innovations as well as the development of private companies to carry out the entire process from product creation to market delivery as opposed to being state-owned and state-driven. This improved productivity and enabled consequent competitive advantages that stood for a few decades.

The New Economy is not fueled by capital, but rather by talent.

Whereas capital is important, it is no longer the presence of it that significantly influences the potential to succeed of an organization. It was capital that made it possible for the main technologies to taken certain industries from zero to one: i.e. the steam engine which multiplied the potential of many industries tenfold. Information technology plays a significant role as well being among the revolutionary advances (i.e. 3D printing – which leads the democratization and digitization of manufacturing), being considered by some economists as one of the general purpose technologies along the telegraph and the steam engine.

In the era of Talentism, talent becomes the driver for many of the advances that revolutionize industries (i.e. Uber, Airbnb, Tesla). We can see its impact when creativity, combined with the proper skills, tools, and information technology creates tremendous organizations (i.e. see Google, Microsoft, Apple, etc.) These no longer find themselves in the areas of activity that they initially started but have become organizations with a mission to change the world (see Google that started as a search engine trying to take the lead on autonomous cars, or Facebook – a social media platform – trying to take the Internet to everyone on the planet, just to mention a few).

None of these companies lack the capital. In fact, they have a significant amount of cash available on their hands. However, by far, they are in a group for themselves (although some consider them to be monopolies), which exist by the sheer advantage that their talent has given them. A competitive advantage that took them by an order of magnitude in technology beyond their competitors.

Talent and the future of work

Now that organizations have understood the importance of talent they are faced with the challenge of the skills gap. It has pushed them to find new ways to source talent, primarily by giving up on geographical limitations, switching to a remote work relationship (either from home or through outsourcing to vendors operating in nearshore or offshore models). That opens up a whole new way of working, bringing up other quasi-challenges such as finding the right communication means (i.e. phone, text chat, conference meetings), switching to cloud software platforms, adjusting for cultural variations, or time-zone differences. Other solutions may be found through freelancers or collaborative workspaces/hubs.

Never before was the future of work so interconnected with the past. Social media platforms provide a network of information, organizations, and individuals who can easily be accessed to locate the right talent, vet them through references and even carry out background checks.

The future of work also calls for professionals to consider that an education is not an insurance that guarantees a successful career throughout their lives. On the contrary, professionals need to be open to life-long learning alternatives (i.e. certifications or online course platforms) and developing an alternate primary skill. This gives way to varied work opportunities and increases their flexibility to switch from one project to another.

Talentism is changing the face of businesses around the world as they strive to become and stay competitive in the New Economy. How will you take advantage of the vast array of talent available across the world?

I would love to hear your experience about capital versus talent. How have both shaped your strategy in the past 5 years? How about the next 5-10 years?

Leave your comments below, and don’t hesitate to contact SourceMatch about how we can help you leverage talent for your organization.

Creativity and your bottom line

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You need creativity more than you think

In our last post we looked at two important concepts: the New Economy and Talentism. Both of them have a lot to do with Creativity, which is as we’ll see “a catalyst for” and “a result of” innovation.

With every advancement, technology has reached into almost all areas of life, starting from communication, to cooking and driving. And as we’re well accustomed, iterations of each product amplify the pressure over the consumer to comprehend all its new features and how to use them. We’re bombarded with so many new things that reach out into our brain for our attention as well as our capacity to learn and adapt. Such complexity is what pushes us to transition towards new technologies and the realities that ensue (i.e. 3D printing, hyper-connectedness, robotics and automation, the new paradigms of work). The paradox is how the same innovators strive to showcase all of these complexities in a light of simplicity and thus alleviate any resistance, enhance the product’s market acceptance and rate of adoption.

stark-innovationThus, creativity acts as a catalyst for innovation through its sheer usefulness in the problem-solving process (i.e. answering a need in the market). Simultaneously, it succeeds innovation by demystifying new technologies for their intended audience.
This is why organizations that want to stay on top of their game in the New Economy need to breathe creativity. But how does that relate to Talent(ism)?

What drives creativity?

Access to resources – take for instance artists that have created art as they had access to various tools, materials, fine wood, paint, silver, gold, etc. The same principle applies today when you consider easy access to information, software, hardware, knowledge, training, and continuous education. How would high-end engineers be capable to innovate without a proper workbench, laboratory and state-of-the-art technology at their fingertips? How do you expect your teams to improve your business processes without the proper understanding of the principles of quality management methodologies such as Six Sigma and Lean?

Thinking outside the box or allowing yourself to be disrupted from your standard line of thought – we all like status quo, who doesn’t? It’s comfortable and cozy. If we want to create, we should put ourselves out there where we’re being challenged to think differently. Read books that are out of your usual knowledge areas, take on projects that just seem like you’re taking a big leap of faith and work towards shortening the gap of knowledge/experience, meet with people that do things differently or are labeled as outliers in your industry and learn from them what it takes to go through uncharted paths, or in two words: Be curious!

An environment that encourages ideas out of the ordinary and idiosyncrasies – this asks for high tolerance to failure and a quasi-safety net (note: not risk aversion) in the form of preventive actions for new and unconventional initiatives. Nowadays, especially with the tech startup scene the later seems to be rarer (to my surprise) since all of the great innovations had strong prior planning. What would change your organization, product, service or whatever you’re involved in by a few orders of magnitude?

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Exposure to as many interactions in the work environment as possible (open to listening, helping, being empathetic) is quintessential to creativity. The advantage of collaborative teams, spaces, organizations is by far their diversity giving way to creative problem-solving. This is also an indication for organizations to focus on socio-cultural diversity that enables divergent thoughts and decision processes. Take the classic example of coffee shops – why are they such a great place to come up with ideas? They encourage bohemian interaction and collaboration, as well as the allure of frugal creativity. Basically, it gives anyone the liberty to dream at no additional cost – everything is possible! Are our organizations creating this kind of environments?

The pivotal factor

Beyond a much longer list of drivers for creativity, people have a critical role, and especially decision makers in organizations who need to be responsible for facilitating creativity. Although the traditional model of a boss-run organization is extremely spread, it has become clear that it’s not a sustainable one. And seriously, who wants to rely on just one person to grow and develop an organization? It’s about time that leaders and managers would stand behind their teams encouraging them to think for themselves and to switch from an employee mindset towards an owner mindset. A reversed model of tapping into everyone’s talent, skills and experience so as to stir a sense of ownership for breakthrough ideas and initiatives, taking them from “aha” moments, to debates, to chiseled project plans, and down to bottom line impact.

Practical ideas

  1. Leaders educating their organizations about the cause-effect relationship between creativity and financial bottom line using concrete examples, and how that can contribute to their own well-being. Leaders and key decision makers need to realize that growing profits without a direct benefit to those who drive them isn’t sustainable (Dare I say: it’s even destructive?).
  2. An informal team commitment to personal development, while members hold each other accountable (i.e. reading books, listening to podcasts). Same as organizations, people need to “upgrade” themselves and to continuously learn. Does it help the organization? Probably it does, but in the end, it’s an investment in themselves, which they take further wherever they go (Disclaimer: I’m not saying that people should not stay with your organization forever)
  3. An informal coaching environment in which people will teach one another using a quasi-structure of information and knowledge, starting from their own expertise. This process may appear to be simple – it’s not. It puts people in a position in which they need to find the best means to transfer their knowledge onto others who might not interact with it on a regular basis. And it boils down to one question: how do you take your knowledge and reduce it down to an essence that your teammates can gather in max 30 minutes?

I’m convinced that this post just scratches the surface about the subject of creativity, and you’re encouraged to contribute with your own experience, observations and questions.