Whether or not they realize it, there are a variety of ways that businesses kill creativity on a daily basis—which is not only bad for employees, but also the organization as a whole.
So what can be done?
The first step is to identify the creativity killers. Here are some of the most common, which link to blog posts with even more advice on the topic:
Rejecting ideas because they’re different from the way you’ve done things might seem logical, yet it’s antithetical to any goal of creative or innovative thinkers. True creativity is about taking risks, breaking new ground, and discovering things that are new and novel—not just more of the same. If you limit employees to only working within existing bounds, you’re creating a poor environment for creativity.