Best Ways to Generate Innovative Ideas

Best Ways to Generate Innovative Ideas

Once Swami Vivekananda said – Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life – think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, and every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success. What are the best ways to generate innovative ideas?

How often you think of worthy ideas that can change your life? Do you spend time thinking and coming up with something interesting in your everyday life? Is there an idea generation process you follow? Ideas can vary from person to person. Sometimes we think of strangest ideas too. So, we decided to get into the core of this and led a survey amongst few tech companies in the Bay Area. This survey provided us with some fascinating results on how employees ideate and decide on new initiatives. So here are the results:

Unexpectedly, more than 30% of employees don’t get an opportunity to get creative at work. It is very unfortunate for the company.

Few employees need some new experiences to come up with great ideas. 20% would love to travel to get their creativeness in place. Rest believed a brisk walk and sports would refresh them.

There are many blockers for these creative minds. 40% of Employees feel that they are assigned very boring tasks. 30% are too stressed out to think out of the box. 10% think their annoying co- workers trouble them and restrict their creative process.

Is there a way that the ideation process can be improved? So, here were the answers – 30% of employees need flexible, comfortable spaces at work. 20% would love a power nap, who wouldn’t? 10% of employees feel they need a variety of tasty food to keep them full and get them to work hard. Another 20% of them need a playroom, with a variety of gaming options.

Employees were not clear when asked about the office layout. Some people prefer closed, some open, others said both. So, the results are it does not affect in the ideation process.

When asked, who in your company comes up with the best ideas? 35% employees believe that they themselves are the creative brains. Another 30% carefully apply their customer feedback, which provides them with innovative ideas. Another 27% thinks that their Research and Development team is the best.

When asked to them: What keeps great ideas from getting made? 27% of employees feel that their ideas don’t get shared. 35% feel they have a lack of resources.

The most interesting fact was that employees help each other to turn their ideas into reality. They exchange their opinions and thoughts across teams to hear new perceptions. They arrange their work and personally give time to each individual in the team.

Do you know what gets you going and how you keep your mind active? Do share as comments below.

Best Employee engagement practices lead to engaging organizations with strong and accurate values, which will directly result in idea generation. So, lay importance to employee engagement. Learn more on how to motivate your employees to get to work. 

This survey was conducted in collaboration with IdeaScale.