Will Isolation Kill Creativity?

Will working from home spell the end of creativity? 

With so many businesses being forced to have employees work remotely and many more excited about the prospects of no longer requiring their large, and costly, offices spaces, What will be the real cost of our teams working remotely?

There are so many great expressions we often hear around the office: "Bounce some ideas off you", "You just gave me an idea", "Oh I can use that!", "Let's do a round table discussion" and "let's put our heads together".

We often hear this when a group of people are together and sharing information, talking about experiences, talking about their projects and how their day has been.

But they can be so much more than just stories, often they become times of clarity and breakthrough.

With more and more teams working remotely, will we have that same level of sharing? The same ability to discuss ideas? Or will our creative group time be limited?

These opportunities used to arise organically for the most part, but now we will have to force this time, schedule our talks and actively push group discussions.

Will your drive to cut down on office costs and have your team work from home be the death of your team's creativity? We've seen movies and heard stories of how a cloud inspired a great painting or how a scientific project which came up short allowed another department to create a product line which is now in nearly every home around the globe (3M).

These tales all have moments of inspiration and sharing of information. But when you work from home, isolated, cut off, you lose that. You have to push yourself to find inspiration.

As a good leader we are here to help inspire and motivate our teams, ideally we do this by placing them in contact with likeminded people, fostering environments which breeds open communication and trust. So now, as an exceptional leader, you will have to redefine how you create such an environment.

As leaders we need to remember HOW our teams used to collaborate and share information. We then need to look at how we can adapt to these new times or address whether we must return to the office (once the pandemic passes) to ensure creativity slows freely.

Before you as a leader, or a company, dive head first into the "lovely" world of working remotely, first consider what you are giving up. Plan how you will ensure creativity flows. Look at what tools, procedures and parameters you will need to ensure ongoing creativity and success. Then weigh up the options, plan how to adapt and really consider what will be best for your customers.

Don't let isolation kill your team's creativity


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