It can be dangerously easy to slip into a mundane, repetitive routine at work. Wake up, go to work, go home and switch off. Repeat. As humans, we are programmed to work hard. It gives us purpose and drive… but could we be losing our passion and creativity while doing so? And furthermore, is this ironically taking a detrimental toll on our work-related performance?
Studies would say, yes. According to recent studies carried out on behalf of the recognised Royal Academy Of dramatic Art, most employers said that the actions of their managers and leaders did not support a culture of improvisation and creative thinking, and subsequently, “time pressures, poor workplace culture (such as high-pressure work environments where new ideas or original thought aren’t valued) and lack of training were the negative factors most likely to be having a detrimental effect on the performances of teams, and their ability to think creatively”.
The RADA report found that the vast majority (a whopping 91%) of employees had felt that they regularly experience situations where colleagues had failed to apply a flexible way of communicating and common sense, as a result of not being able to think in the moment. Following on from this, 93% of employees believed that being able to improvise would considerably improve their performance at work. This is saddening, but not alarming. How can steps be taken to reduce these ridiculous percentages? It seems that some creative culture is needed!
The RADA report found that the most common failings were when leaders put workers under the spotlight in meetings (53%), ask them to give presentations to a group (48%) and during performance reviews (44%) without enough preparation.
Of course, deadlines have always and will always be in place… it’s simply a case of giving employees enough space and time to perform to their best abilities, to deliver whatever this piece of work may be. After all, innovation and creativity in the workplace is where the most advanced and ground-breaking success stories come from.