Having a reward program that inspires people to seek new information as a way to improve their jobs could boost productivity and lead to more efficient offices.
Innovation can come from anywhere. In the early days of NFL Films, it was a janitor who suggested making a short movie of the mistakes that occur during football games, creating the first blooper reel. These funny films helped the studio appeal to a younger fan base and increased the popularity of their videos and the National Football League.
If corporate leaders want innovation from their company, they need to encourage workers to ask questions and offer suggestions. Employee reward and recognition programs can be instrumental in creating a corporate environment that nurtures fresh ideas. Inc Magazine notes that it is vital for everyone in a company to ask questions. When directed internally, this can help clarify procedures to eliminate mistakes and may even identify redundancies. Having a reward program that inspires people to seek new information as a way to improve their jobs could boost productivity and lead to more efficient offices.
By recognizing people who have made significant innovations in their job or throughout the company, the company can create a more innovative culture. This may require pushing people beyond their comfort zones. Employees often fall into familiar routines which can make it difficult to adjust to changing market conditions. Rewarding workers who are willing to take risks further enhances the flexible environment businesses need to see successful implementation of new ideas. A separate article by Inc states that altering work groups or dealing with new products occasionally exposes staff members to new information and situations, which could inspire new solutions to old problems.
Listen to the customer
Entrepreneur magazine notes that new ventures are often inspired by listening to customers. Gaining feedback and passing it along through the proper channels can lead to improved products, better services or more accurate marketing strategies. The source notes that listening to customers helps create flexibility within organizations as they continually adjust to shifting trends.
“When you talk to your customers and become avid fans of feedback, it’s amazing what your business can become when you use that information wisely,” Butch Milbrandt, owner of Milbrandt Vineyards, told the source. “It’s not about your product. It’s about the consumer, and your job is to keep your product as interesting as possible to the consumer.”
Focusing on the customer is easy when reward programs are designed to encourage employees to ask questions. Collecting feedback is an essential part of identifying new trends and opportunities. With incentive programs companies are able to create a customer-first office environment that thrives on innovation.