4 Tips For Encouraging Employees To Be Creative and Stay Healthy


Every business owner wants to increase or maintain productivity. There are a number of ways to accomplish this, from offering employees incentives to purchasing faster computers, but there are two factors that always contribute to employee productivity: health and creativity. In this post we look at 4 tips for encouraging employees to be creative and also stay healthy.

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This doesn’t mean that employers should only hire workers with creative hobbies and incredible physique, but it does mean that creativity and health should be encouraged in the workplace. This article will hopefully introduce you to a few ways to inspire employees to think outside of the box, along with a few tips to encourage them to stay fit without much adjustment to their daily routines.

Any employer can write a set of occupational procedures, but few know how to motivate workers to find creative ways to improve upon those processes. Here are some strategies to inspire your workforce:

1. Make the Workplace Fun and Unique

Some companies are raising the bar when it comes to making the workplace entertaining. In break rooms, ping-pong tables, flat-screen T.V.’s and smoothie machines are becoming common. If you don't have the budget to do this, think of other ways to make your workplace fun. 

The more employees enjoy their job, so the theory goes, the more creative they will be. Creativity, after all, can’t exist without inspiration, and if workers are too reluctant to be at the office, don’t expect any new ideas.

Some workplaces are adding a natural touch to the office scenery with plants. Although this isn’t a new idea, it’s still effective. Many offices combine garden-style areas with skylights or open-roofed, break areas to make that short time away from the desk a bit more refreshing.

Recommended reading: Why Employee Engagement is Crucial to Business Success

2. Creative Spaces

When it comes to developing any creative idea, two heads are better than one. Think about redesigning your office so that either two or more employees share the same desk area or that there are breakout spaces where people can hang out to exchange ideas, anything that encourages the exchange of thoughts.

Although some employers believe that too much socialising hurts productivity, motivating employees to share ideas can lead to improved business processes and can emphasise the importance that the company invests in employee creativity.

3. Organise Exercise 

No employer would refute that creativity and individual effort can inspire an entire workforce, and if employees are healthier and more energised, they are more motivated to share new ideas. Also, they are less likely to get sick or to become injured, which could benefit your healthcare plan.

Although it can be difficult to influence another person’s diet and exercise habits, work is a good place to start, after all employees spend a lot of time there.

These habits cause the body to release endorphins, chemicals that are associated with feeling pleasant. This could make workers more prone to feel satisfied with their jobs.

Exercising is well-known to provide a number of benefits, so why not organise an after-work exercise session? You don't have to have gym memberships for all your employees, a power walk or run can be enough. You could also work towards a goal like the company participating in a 5k for a chosen charity.

As well as more calories burned through exercise, strength and other benefits from the workout, a joint session can improve bonding among your employees, particularly if it's for a goal like fundraising for a charity. 

4. Provide Healthy Snacks in the Break Room

If your office provides free snacks to employees, make sure that fruits and vegetables become options. Healthy foods can produce more energy and require less energy to digest, which can prevent workers from becoming burnt-out by the end of the day. If your office space sells snacks in a vending machine, request that healthier options become available.

With more corporations like Google making headlines for providing unorthodox perks for workers, it’s clear that businesses are learning that a satisfied employee is a more productive one. But you don’t need to be a billion-dollar search engine to motivate workers. By encouraging creativity and healthier lifestyles, your small office can see a big increase in productivity.

Recommended reading: 5 Reasons Why Happy Employees Are More Productive

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