At WITS Team Building Events, we believe that Innovation is the key to growth in a knowledge economy. Studies show that there is a direct positive correlation between workplace innovation and employee retention. Workers are more apt to stay in a creative work environment. Companies that cultivate innovation will prosper and retain valuable employees.
Teresa Amabile of Harvard Business School identifies the four necessary components for an individual to produce creative work.
1. Domain Relevant Skills: knowledge within the context that the problem solver is working. The individual will call upon their technical skills, expertise, and talents during the creative process
2. Creativity Relevant Processes are characteristics conducive to independence, risk taking, and taking new perspectives on problems. These processes help break out of perceptual and performance ‘scripts.’
3. Task motivation: “People are most creative when they feel motivated primarily by the interest, enjoyment, satisfaction, and challenge of the work itself – and not by extrinsic motivators.”(Amabile,4) To put it simply, intrinsic motivation is passion.
4. The Social Environment: The social encompasses all extrinsic motivators. Extrinsic motivators can obstruct and inhibit creativity just as much as they can encourage and stimulate creativity. Norms of criticizing new ideas, emphasis on status quo, and excessive time pressure will block creativity. Focus on ideas, diverse skill sets, and collaboration are characteristics of a positive, creative workplace.
Our approach to team-building events is based in our improvisational background. There is no performance script, and participants inhabit new perspectives each time they take the stage. WITS Team Building facilitates the free flow of ideas and information inside your team. Our events are engaging, entertaining and highly collaborative.
Let us know how we can help transform your work environment into a creative, innovative space. Interested in finding out more? Check out our website! http://www.witsteambuilding.com/