HR managers know that an employer can achieve greater innovation with the right work force practices in place.
However, many employers fail to look at the human capital side for attaining this, says Cliff Stevenson, senior human capital researcher for the Institute for Corporate Productivity.
Most employers believe innovation only comes from hiring the most creative employees, but a recent i4cp study shows that this is not the case. Employers can develop innovative thinking as a skill among employees, and the most high-performing organizations have embraced this practice.
To start, an employer should incorporate innovation into its mission and vision, Stevenson says.
Publicly supporting innovation signals to employees that they can take on projects that might succeed or turn into a disaster. Innovation requires a degree of trial and error, but research reveals that high-performing organizations are twice as likely to include innovation into their corporate missions and visions.