This article contains 7 habits and strategies that help in promoting innovation and creativity at the workplace.
We have decided to go slightly offbeat from our regular hospitality theme just to focus on the need to innovate and be creative for personal and professional success in the hospitality industry.
The hospitality industry is extremely labour intensive and the workforce at times has to work long hours.
Plus, it can be quite competitive. Focusing on well being and channelling inner creativity can be the key to sustained competitive advantages.
These habits help the innovative streak to prosper and develop, letting the creative juices to flow from within.
There are numerous activities which help the process of rejuvenating the mind, body and spirit which all the hospitality organisations must promote for a more creative workforce.
Yoga (For Mind, body and the spirit)
A lot of workplaces have included, in routine, regular sessions of Yoga for even a few minutes to rejuvenate the team members.
This should be followed in the hospitality industry as well.
This is a no brainer as Yoga has become one of the most talked-about subjects recently.
However, it’s worth a mention again given its benefits for hospitality industry professionals not only for a healthy living but even for success at work.
Lots of career paths in the hospitality industry would need excellent physical and mental fitness especially early on in your career.
Regular meditation and Yoga freshens up our body and mind. While meditation makes sure oxygen is properly circulated within every part of our body to help it detoxify.
Our brain also gets enriched by oxygen and other life forces from within our body.
Physical postures from Yoga help the body to release creative juices from locked energy centres and thereby raising our spiritual level and helps the process of promoting innovation and creativity.
30 minutes of Yoga every day can do wonders to our work-life balance.
For all the hospitality professionals complaining for time, start even with 10 minutes daily.
2. Getting up early – Reward morning shifts
This is a strategy that has a 360-degree impact on creativity in the workplace.
The hotel industry can set up an example with some extra benefits to those who do morning shifts or those who always arrive before time.
Know what creativity at the workplace is helps in understanding how to strategise for the same. The below image by Creativity-At-Work gives a good idea of what fuels innovation at the workplace.
Getting up early can help you in all these aspects of intelligence, imagination, empathy and more.
Rewarding the habit of getting up early can benefit the hospitality professionals and in return would help them come up with innovative ideas.
Getting up early gives our mind, body and spirit the required dose of cosmic energy and fresh oxygen which helps our neurons to stay fresh to let innovation and creativity sprout from within.
Finishing up the reports, preparing for the meeting in the morning, spending some quality time with family or partying with friends; there is a number of reasons to justify our late-night habit.
If you need some motivation, here is an article by Keep-Inspiring that gives 13 ideas to wake up early.
All of us might have heard of the phrase ‘Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise’.
How many times have we heard this?
Still, we find this as the most difficult task.
However, battles are fought and won in the mind before they are actually done in the battlegrounds.
3. Healthy eating habits are a must in the hospitality industry
Various sectors of the hospitality industry include food on a work shift.
Thus the onus is on hospitality organisations to inculcate healthy eating habits in their team members.
Eat healthy and think better. This is true but who can give Zinger burger a miss or the cheesy pizza, some pan-fried garlic noodles, a cheesecake, chocolates, or the fiery chicken!
You might question as to why were tasteless food is bestowed with maximum health benefits and if tasty food items are supposed to be hazardous to health in the long run, why on earth do they exist?
Taste addiction has no limits attached to it and we would never be able to find an end to the same.
We frequently get bored of the food items we used to love and get into the vicious circle of alternating between one set of food to another, taking away a lot of our creative energy.
Getting back to basics will help the process of rejuvenation, creativity and nutrition for the effective functioning of body and mind.
4. Promote Reading and Writing at the Workplace
All hospitality organisations must have a small library and should have an idea box for handwritten notes.
Reading and writing for the basis of a lot of hospitality skills that can help create amazing hoteliers brimming with creativity and innovation.
We all exercise or at least pretend to do so but what about the work out session for neurons in the brain.
Neural forces are most dominant during childhood and get weaker as we progress on the journey called ‘Life’.
These neurons decrease in number as life progresses and thus it is even more important to make sure they are healthy for the continuous outflow of creative juices.
A regular dose of quality reading has many more benefits to offer than just healthier neurons.
It is always good to maintain a diary or write on a blog.
Writing is a hobby which is both trendy and befitting to today’s workplace.
Inner satisfaction and peace of mind come as free gifts in the package of benefits of writing as a hobby.
Maybe reading a few of the top hospitality management books and following top hospitality management blogs can be a good place to start for hospitality professionals.
5. Organise creative Activities at workplace
This is one of the best strategies to promote creativity in the workplace through teamwork.
A lot of top hospitality companies already use festivals as a mode to promote creative activities at the workplace.
This should become more mainstream.
- Have you ever tried to paint?
- Can you sing?
- Do you dance?
- Were you good at sports when you were a kid but you don’t play anymore? Are you a good swimmer?
- What about mimicry?
- How about mountaineering or skiing?
Making creativity zone in the office is a great strategy to promote creativity at all hospitality organisation.
There are many more things which help in revitalising our body and mind.
If time constraint is pulling things back, getting up early should be on top of the agenda for developing healthy habits.
6. Community and Charity work
We are all connected to the community.
Letting staff member engage in a charity or community work during work hours cam make jobs more fulfilling.
It is one of the best habits to promote creativity in the workplace for all organisations.
Helping a cause of charity once in a while connects us to the unknown.
It helps in exploring the emotional intelligence within us and in connecting us to the universal forces by helping people who are totally unknown.
At work or in our routine life, we always deal with the unknown and live in uncertainties.
Some charity work helps us befriend uncertainty and frees our brain to innovate and create.
A good night’s sleep is an added bonus to some time spent for a humanitarian cause.
7. Holidays and Travel
The Hospitality industry makes everyone’s life special by creating the most beautiful memories.
Giving the team members holiday coupons or paid leaves for extra work can add a trigger to a more fulfilling job and life. This will create a better and more engaged workplace.
Forced breaks are necessary to keep us fresh and creative.
Like cars need servicing and refuelling so does our body and mind which need rest and refuelling.
A good holiday with family or friends is the best re-energiser.
But, we need to make sure, we keep ourselves away from phone and laptop.
So, what else do you do for promoting innovation and creativity at the workplace?
All of us love to be creative in distinct ways.
We need food to provide energy to our body and revitalise our brain to enlarge the magnitude of innovation and creativity.
Lots of researchers have linked this to spirituality who believe that the real source of energy rests within and outside bodily realms.
The blending of both physical and metaphysical approaches would interconnect all these facets to help us decode the roots of promoting innovation and creativity at the personal level and in the workplace.
However, despite being a quite interesting topic, metaphysics is an area where Angels fear to tread.
We will, therefore, leave this tough discussion for later posts.
In this post, we concentrated on activities that help us innovate and be creative at the workplace and in life.